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The French National Assembly passed Bill 609 Wednesday, “relating to the management of the exit from the health crisis.” The bill provides that, beginning on June 9, France’s Prime Minister may “ake the access of people to certain places, establishments or events involving large gatherings of people for leisure activities or trade fairs or exhibitions subject [...]

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A Myanmar journalist has been sentenced to jail for three years after reporting on the anti-junta protests currently engulfing the country. Min Nyo, a journalist for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), was convicted under the recently revised Penal Code in military court on Wednesday. Section 505 makes it an offence to publish or circulate [...]

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Russia designated the independent online news site VTimes a “foreign agent” on Friday, placing the media company under increased scrutiny by the Kremlin as part of a wider crack-down on independent media critical of the Russian government. VTimes is the second media outlet to be added to the list in less than a month. They [...]

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The High Court of Karnataka in India observed Thursday that not providing a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine would amount to a violation of the right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar has issued the order in a [...]

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The Myanmar military junta arrested 39 individuals on Wednesday. All 39 are suspected allies of an ethnic minority rebel group in Kayah State, from whom they are suspected of seeking military training. The individuals are also suspected to be responsible for several explosions and arson attacks in the Yankin village. The junta first raided the [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda expressed concern Wednesday over the escalation of violence in East Jerusalem and around Gaza, warning of potential violations under the Rome Statute. The hostilities have escalated after the Israeli government launched an aerial attack in Gaza, killing at least 50 people, including several Hamas senior members. The source [...]

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An EU court ruled Wednesday in favor of Tom Morenhourt and six other citizens seeking to withhold the importation of goods from and regulate commercial transactions with Israeli settlements on occupied land that Palestinians seek for an independent state.  This ruling rescinds a 2019 decision by the European Commission not to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) [...]

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The EU’s General Court on Wednesday annulled a European Commission decision from 2017, in which the Commission had found that a tax deal between the Luxembourg government and multinational tech company Amazon amounted to “illegal state aid.” In 2017, Amazon was ordered by the European Commission, the EU’s politically independent executive arm, to pay approximately [...]

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A UN Nations working group called upon businesses in Myanmar Wednesday to cease support for the military junta that has taken control of the country. The Working Group on Business and Human Rights released a statement praising those businesses that have cut ties to the military and have stood firm in upholding the rule of [...]

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