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Non-governmental watchdog organization Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) reported recently that Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has ignored human rights violations at Hungary’s Schengen borders. The report found that Frontex ignored the violations for four years. Moreover, it found that Frontex recently remained in Hungary after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in [...]

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More than 500 Indian lawyers have written a letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad Arvind Bobde citing their grievances regarding the current system of virtual hearings and seeking his order to resume regular physical hearings in the Supreme Court. The letter has been written by three Supreme Court lawyers, and is signed by [...]

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The Uganda Communications Commission Tuesday issued an order banning more than 100 social media platforms and messaging apps until further notice by the communications regulator. The order appears to have been a pushback against Facebook for deleting pro-government accounts that were manipulating public debate in connection with the country’s presidential elections held Thursday. Internet providers [...]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has voiced his support for a new bill introduced by state legislators to abolish capital punishment within the state. On Wednesday, members of Virginia’s Senate and the House of Delegates introduced House Bill No. 1779 seeking to eliminate death sentences and to convert already existing capital sentences to life imprisonment without [...]

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The US Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the execution of two men on federal death row would go forward this week, overturning a stay that would have delayed their executions until mid-March. Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs, the men scheduled for execution, were both diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-December. They requested a preliminary injunction [...]

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UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new measures Tuesday designed to ensure that no British organisations profit from or contribute to human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China, which he described as “barbarism.” Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Raab told the House that the “scale and severity of the human [...]

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The Los Angeles Police Commission adopted a policy on Tuesday that establishes oversight measures for the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) use of facial recognition technology. The controversial facial recognition tool allows detectives to compare criminal suspects’ photos to millions of individuals’ mugshots taken in Los Angeles County. The five-member Police Commission unanimously approved the [...]

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The Attorney General of Michigan brought two charges of criminal neglect Wednesday against former governor Rick Snyder for his role in the Flint water crisis. The charges cite violations of section 750.478 of the Michigan Penal Code. Section 750.478 refers to willful neglect of duty of a public officer or a person holding public trust [...]

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Thousands of US law students and of members of the Missouri, Texas and DC bars have signed a petition for the disbarment of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for their objections to Congressional certification of the Electoral College’s votes. As of Wednesday, there were more than 11,000 signatures on the petition from lawyers and [...]

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed new rules on Tuesday detailing the production and research of medicinal marijuana, essentially legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The rules will also legalize and oversee the cultivation of marijuana on Mexican soil for medical purposes. The new regulations primarily target pharmaceutical companies that are intending to sell and [...]

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