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The Canadian government announced Friday it would file an appeal of a Federal Court judgement that found it acted illegally when responding to Freedom Convoy protests in 2022. That judgement held that the government’s invocation of the federal Emergencies Act in response to the protests exceeded its authority and violated some protesters’ constitutional rights. Canada’s [...]

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The New York Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that a jury found current and former National Rifle Association (NRA) executives liable for corruption and financial misconduct. After a six-week trial, the jury found that NRA executives Wayne LaPierre and Wilson “Woody” Phillips used NRA funds for personal gain. The jury also found that these individuals [...]

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report on Friday calling for accountability for Israel and Palestinian militant groups for numerous violations of international law over the course of the Israel-Palestine conflict and occupation. The report said that the ongoing human rights violations “cannot be permitted to continue” and called for immediate adherence [...]

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The Court of First Instance of Tunis sentenced prominent opposition figure Jawher Ben Mbarek to six months in prison, his sister and lawyer Dalila Ben Mbarek Masddek announced in a live video on Facebook on Saturday. The case was brought by the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE) against Ben Mbarek regarding his criticism of [...]

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Enis Jevric, a sergeant with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington DC, pleaded guilty on Friday in US federal court to using excessive force on August 25, 2021, resulting in An’Twan Gilmore’s death in a police shooting. Additionally, Jevric pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter under DC law. The indictment charged Jevric with three counts. [...]

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged the authorities in the Équateur region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday to continue dialogue with the media to address press freedom violations and ensure journalists can work without fear of reprisals. The dialogue commenced on February 17, 2024, when Équateur Governor Bobo Boloko Bolumbu invited journalists [...]

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Police in China charged Chen Pin Lin, director of documentary “Not the Foreign Force,” with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to Chinese human rights news watchdogs Weiquanwang and Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch. The Thursday charges come after Chen’s arrest in January 2024. He has been in detention for more than a month. In [...]

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Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin announced Friday at the War Crimes Conference 2024, a day before the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, that Ukraine is in the process of investigating 120,000 potential Russian war crimes. Kostin spoke with Reuters at the conference in Berlin, affirming that Ukraine has “identified already 511 perpetrators” [...]

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The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (CFA) refused to grant leave to the government on Friday to appeal the acquittals of seven pro-democracy activists. The lower court overturned the activists’ convictions for organizing an unauthorized assembly but upheld their convictions for participating in an unauthorized assembly. The lower court reasoned that leading and directing [...]

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Obrador claimed that “political authority” is above the country’s data privacy laws on Friday after he released a New York Times (NYT) reporter’s phone number. Obrador, who was accused in a report from NYT of taking millions of dollars for his 2006 campaign from the Sinaloa drug cartel, had on Thursday [...]

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