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The European Commission on Wednesday launched infringement proceedings against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice regarding its new disciplinary regime for judges. The notice alleges that the new regime “undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges by not offering necessary guarantees to protect them from political control, as required by the Court of Justice [...]

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Gun rights advocates on Wednesday gave notice that they will seek a stay from the Supreme Court after US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld lower court ruling on Monday that denied their request to lift the Trump administration’s bump stocks ban. Last week, the Supreme Court denied an application for stay in [...]

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Tuesday against the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, less than one month ago. He also referred to the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last year, calling it “the worst anti-Semitic terrorist attack in United States history.” Guterres [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced in a presidential memorandum that, “upon further reflection and review,” he is extending an additional 12-month “wind-down” period for Liberians living in the US. This policy change will affect about 4,000 Liberians who are Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries. Last year, Trump said that he would end the DED program [...]

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LGBT group Equality Arizona on Thursday sued the Arizona government, alleging that the state’s HIV/AIDS instruction statute, ARS § 15-716(C), unconstitutionally discriminates against LGBTQ students and restricts their educational opportunities, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The challenged statute prohibits HIV and AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.” Plaintiffs allege that the [...]

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Utah governor Gary Herbert on Monday signed into law HB 136, which bans abortion after 18 weeks. Violating the abortion laws is a felony of the second or third degree, except for violation of 76-7-305(2)(a) through (c) and (e), regarding informed consent requirements, which is a class A misdemeanor. Abortion is authorized when 1) the [...]

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The European Parliament on Tuesday approved the new Copyright Directive for online platforms, holding them liable for user uploaded content, except for materials such as memes, GIFs and hyperlinks to news articles. The Directive aims to apply copyright law to the digital age, as well as to ensure that the internet remains a space for freedom [...]

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A UN report on Thursday described the ill treatment of migrants and refugees in Libya, including rape and torture by smugglers, traffickers, Libyan officials and armed groups. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour presented the report by the High Commissioner on Afghanistan and Libya. Gilmour said that evidence of systematic rape and torture of men, [...]

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