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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ)  will open an investigation into the Minnesota Police Department (MPD) to determine whether there is a “pattern or practice” of excessive force and discriminatory, unconstitutional policing. The probe comes a day after MPD officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in Jones v. Mississippi that when sentencing juvenile defendants to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, judges need not make a separate factual finding concerning the defendant’s youth. The challenge came from Brett Jones, who was convicted in 2004 of killing his grandfather at age 15. Jones argued [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – As a second wave of COVID-19 rages across India, with more than a million new infections officially reported in the past few days, JURIST staff correspondent Neelabh Bist files his first letter from Delhi reflecting on the profound constitutional challenge the surge of disease represents for India’s courts in their relationship to [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Many in Myanmar and abroad were shaken Thursday by an interview conducted by US-funded Radio Free Asia that described conditions for detainees held at the Shwe Yamin Htet interrogation center in Yangon in the third month of the country’s military coup. A 17-year old detainee released by authorities Tuesday described grotesque violence [...]

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The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday dismissed a suit for compensation brought by South Korean women forced to work in “comfort stations”—brothels operated by the Japanese military before and during World War II—and families of the deceased victims. The 20 plaintiffs filed the suit in 2016 and sought about USD 2.7 million from the [...]

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US President Joe Biden announced Thursday at the Leaders Summit on Climate that the US will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030. Climate experts have urged world leaders to cut carbon emissions in order to limit the warming of the planet to 1.5 degrees celsius. Scientific research has shown [...]

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Leaked documents Wednesday exposed Malta’s cash-for-money scheme, which provided loopholes for Chinese, Saudi and Russian millionaires to attain EU passports. The documents were exposed by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation following material obtained from a whistleblower as part of an investigation that began in 2013. In this scandal, foreign nationals were given passports following lucrative [...]

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UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Switzerland to repatriate two girls, aged 9 and 14, who are being held in a camp in northeastern Syria. The girls’ mother allegedly abducted the girls five years ago and joined ISIS. The Syrian Democratic Forces arrested the girls’ mother and transferred her as well as her [...]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided Wednesday to retain its longstanding contract-bar doctrine. In a unionized workplace, employees can file decertification petitions if they are dissatisfied with union representation and seek to no longer be represented by that specific union. However, under the NLRB’s current application of the contract-bar doctrine, a valid collective-bargaining agreement bars [...]

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The District Court of The Hague, Netherlands, convicted Ahmad Al-Y, a 31-year-old Syrian man, on Wednesday for fighting with the terrorist organization Ahrar al-Sham, and sentenced him to six years in prison. The court convicted Al-Y for the war crime of assault on personal dignity. In 2015, Al-Y fought with Ahrar al-Sham in the battle [...]

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