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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that his government will end exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws. The announcement comes in response to nationwide protests against sexual violence, prompted by allegations of rapes committed by high level politicians, including an allegation against attorney general Christian Porter. Early last year Australia’s [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights issued judgment on Thursday that mandatory vaccinations of children under the Czech Republic’s health policy do not violate Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The policy, mandated by section 46 of the Public Health Protection Act, requires long-term residents to undergo routine vaccinations covered by public [...]

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu challenged on Thursday the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. The challenge resulted from the adoption of recommendations by the inter-ministerial team, led by the National Security Council, suggesting not to cooperate with the inquiry, but instead respond to the ICC [...]

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Russian authorities on Wednesday fined U.S.-backed news broadcaster Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFE) more than $70,000 for violating Russia’s new foreign agent laws. New legislation requires foreign-funded media outlets to register as foreign agents and failure to do so can result in criminal liability for unpaid fines. Registering as a foreign agent requires organizations to [...]

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The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday denied relief in a petition challenging the detention of nearly 150 Rohingya refugees in Jammu and the government’s proposed move to deport them to Myanmar. The order was made with respect to an interlocutory application filed by the petitioners pending disposal of their main writ petition of 2017 that [...]

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The French Parliament met on Thursday to debate a new bill that protects the right to die with dignity. The bill was proposed by centrist MP Olivier Farloni, who serves as deputy for the parliamentary splinter group Libertes et Territoires, a party made up of center-leftist and center-rightist politicians. The bill in question is set [...]

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Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, ordered the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports to lift the ban on media outlets Tuesday. “For the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, I’m told that you revoked licenses of some media outlets including online television stations. You should lift the ban and order them to [...]

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Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, accused Vladimir Putin Wednesday of subjecting Alexei Navalny to a slow death through torture and inhumane detention conditions. Navalny, Putin’s most prominent critic, was poisoned in August 2020, the consequences of which Callamard alleges may be exacerbating his condition. Since his imprisonment earlier this year, reports indicate Navalny [...]

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Iran on Tuesday announced indictments against 10 individuals it says were involved in the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020. Iran had been on high military alert at the time of the downing of the aircraft. Just days before Iran had launched missile attacks against targets in Iraq, including bases housing [...]

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Sudan’s Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a bill to cancel a 1958 law mandating a boycott of the nation of Israel. The 1958 law forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, with penalties including up to 10 years in jail and large fines for violators. Last October the two nations agreed to normalize relations [...]

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