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A group of Norwegian climate activists on Tuesday formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) review Norway’s plans for expanded Arctic oil and gas extraction, arguing that their “rights to life and private and family life are directly affected by climate change.” Environmental groups Greenpeace and Young Friends of the Earth, along with [...]

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Ontario’s London Police Service announced Monday in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that the suspected killer of a family of four Muslims, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, is being charged with terrorism in addition to murder. The victims are the Afzaal family, who were killed on June 6 when Valtman allegedly struck them with [...]

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The Tagansky District Court in Moscow on Sunday ordered political activist Pavel Krisevich to be detained for two months following a “suicide performance” in Red Square. Krisevich was charged with the crime of hooliganism after firing blanks into the air and then at his head in an act designed to support Russian political prisoners. The [...]

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An American father and son duo pleaded guilty on Monday to aiding former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan, while he faced charges of financial misconduct. Japanese authorities indicted Michael Taylor, a US Army Special Forces veteran, and his son Peter Taylor on charges of harboring or enabling the escape of a criminal. They [...]

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A crowd of 60,000 Spaniards took the streets of Madrid Sunday in order to protest the government’s pardon of 12 Catalan separatist politicians who led the 2017 unilateral independence movement. The demonstrators in attendance mainly came from the far-right populist party Vox, while representatives from the conservative popular and center-right parties were also present together [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned Friday of intensifying violence across Kayah State, Chin State and Kachin State in Myanmar, calling for increased regional diplomacy from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other influential states to insist on the immediate cessation of violence and ongoing human rights violations. Bachelet reported [...]

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Swiss citizens voted against three environmental laws Sunday, rejecting proposed initiatives that sought to improve their long-term quality of life. The first initiative sought to ensure clean drinking water and healthy food by eliminating subsidies for the use of food pesticides and antibiotics. The second initiative proposed banning all synthetic food pesticides. Nearly 61 percent [...]

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A UN rights expert expressed serious concern on Thursday with the 10-year imprisonment of five human rights defenders in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), calling for their immediate release. The imprisoned individuals (Mohamed al-Mansoori, Hassan Mohammed Al-Hammad, Hadif Rashed Abdullah al-Owais, Ali Saeed Al-Kindi and Salim Hamdoon Al-Shahhi) are part of the “UAE94,” a group [...]

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The German Parliament passed a law on Friday requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain. The law introduces a shift to mandatory compliance with international norms on labor exploitation. The Bundestag adopted the draft law by a large majority. The law introduces obligations [...]

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The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) added 12 individuals, entities and vessels to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list Thursday for funding Houthi efforts in Yemen. In a press release, the Treasury said that the newly designated persons were engaged in a smuggling operation. The effort was led by [...]

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