A South African judge ruled Wednesday that the detention of Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang on charges of USD $2 billion in loan fraud was legal under the extradition treaty between the US and South Africa. Manuel Chang, who was Mozambique’s finance minister between 2005 and 2015, was indicted by the Department of Justice [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Saturday urged the government of Nicaragua to stop intimidation and harassment against civil society and the media. The High Commissioner’s request follows a highly contentious crackdown on anti-government protests last April, in which more than 50 people were killed. And in May, during the Nicaraguan Mother’s [...]

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday that the Australian government officially recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the prime minister’s announcement, he singled out the UN for hypocritical stances in condemning and passing resolutions against Israel while not taking any action towards Myanmar, Syria or Russia. In addition, the prime minister [...]

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Delegates from 164 UN member states assembled in Marrakech, Morrocco, to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Monday. The compact reaffirms the signing nations’ commitment to protecting the human rights of migrants and acknowledges that migration is an issue that requires collective, multinational action. While the compact does not create new [...]

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The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a proposed initiative to block funding to open up safe injection sites in King County. In response to the opioid epidemic in 2016, Seattle and King County created a “Heroin and Prescription Opioid Addiction Task Force. This task force was created “to identify strategies and recommendations to improve [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 Tuesday that the Endangered Species Act permits the Secretary of the Interior to designate private land as “critical habitat” of endangered species, which then limits the ability to develop the designated land so long as it is a habitat for endangered species. However, courts should use the arbitrary and capricious standards [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule to deny asylum to migrants who illegally cross the southern border into the US, saying the policy likely violates federal law on asylum eligibility. On November 9, the Department of Homeland Security and Department [...]

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