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Protesters filled the streets of Algiers on Friday as the pro-democracy Hirak movement regained momentum after a year-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hirak, meaning “movement” in Arabic, was formed in 2019 to oppose former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s run for a fifth term. The non-partisan movement aims for systemic change that includes judicial independence and the rule [...]

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The UK will introduce new amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill this week in an effort to expand protection from non-fatal strangulation, post-separation coercive control and revenge pornography, according to a Monday statement from the Home Office. The Home Office announced the proposed amendments to the bill on its website, with three main changes. The first proposed [...]

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The Correctional Tribunal of Paris on Monday found former French president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge and influence peddling while serving in office. Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison but will only serve one year as his remaining sentence was suspended. Prosecutors had accused Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry [...]

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New Zealand iwi Ngāti Maru signed a deed of settlement with the Crown on Friday, settling its historical Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) claims. Ngāti Maru is the last of eight iwi in Taranaki, a North Island region, to settle its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, [...]

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Amnesty International said Friday that Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the Ethiopian town of Axum between November 28 and 29, 2020. On November 19, Ethiopian and Eritrean military forces took control of Axum. According to Amnesty, the military killed and displaced civilians through indiscriminate shelling and extrajudicial executions in the days following the [...]

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Cuban artists and dissidents presented testimony to the European Parliament Friday claiming violations of human rights by the Cuban government. They testified, based on their own experiences, about the censorship each of them has suffered because of their political beliefs. The event was hosted by MPs Dita Charanzová and Leopoldo López Gil. Members of the [...]

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The Dutch Parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion declaring that China’s ongoing detention of Uyghur Muslims in internment camps amounts to genocide. The Netherlands is one of only three nations to have made such a declaration against China. The US led the pack, with then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo having issued a statement on [...]

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El Fiscal General de México instó el martes a los legisladores a despojar de su inmunidad al gobernador de Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, por presuntos vínculos con el crimen organizado y el lavado de dinero. El líder de la mayoría en el Congreso, Ignacio Mier Velazco, adjuntó una copia de la carta en [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – More than 24 people were reported killed in Myanmar Sunday when police cracked down on large demonstrations in multiple cities against the Myanmar military junta that seized power in the country on February 1. Multiple individuals died by live-fire rounds, according to local media and witnesses. Police and protesters engaged in a [...]

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 into law on Friday, giving vaccine makers indemnity if their COVID-19 vaccines cause adverse side effects. Although the number of COVID-19 infections in Philippines is one of the highest in Asia, the Philippines is one of the last Southeastern Asian countries to receive [...]

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