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The Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia on Thursday added Proekt, an independent investigative news outlet, to its registry of “undesirable” organizations. This move significantly reduces the scope of Proekt’s activities, labeling many of its journalists “foreign agents” and putting all its staff at risk of imprisonment. The designation also bans other news outlets [...]

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) released former Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon from house arrest on Wednesday after he agreed to cooperate with the investigation about the alleged misappropriation of government funds. According to Mapon’s lawyer, Laurent Onyemba, the house arrest order was lifted late on Wednesday evening. DRC prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for [...]

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Amnesty International released a report Thursday stating that migrants and refugees detained in Libyan detention centers face harrowing sexual violence from guards, including being forced to trade sex for clean food and water. The report is based on interviews with 53 refugees and migrants who were intercepted in the central Mediterranean and disembarked in western [...]

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Friday for the immediate release of Cuban protesters and journalists who are being held by authorities in the aftermath of some of the largest protests Cuba has seen in decades. On July 11, thousands of Cuban citizens took to the streets to express their [...]

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The European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that employers can forbid their staff from wearing visible symbols of religious or political belief, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality. The Court decided on the matter following referrals from the Labour Court of Hamburg and the Federal Labour Court of Germany, which had [...]

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The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) Thursday charged retired General Jonathan Vance, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff from 2015-21, with obstruction of justice. In February, the CFNIS, a special unit within the Canadian Forces Military Police Group (CFMP) took charge of an investigation regarding alleged inappropriate behavior by General Vance toward two female subordinates. [...]

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The High Court of Madras noted Friday that an accused person who is acquitted from all the charges is entitled to have their name redacted from all court orders in relation to the offences they were accused of in order to uphold their fundamental right to privacy. In the case before them, the petitioner had [...]

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The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday indefinitely barred Mastercard, a payment operating company, from issuing new debit, credit or prepaid cards to customers in India over the company’s non-compliance with Indian rules on local data storage. The order, which is an exercise of the Central Bank’s supervisory powers under the Payment and Settlement Systems [...]

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Poland breached EU law by creating a disciplinary chamber for its judges at the Supreme Court of Poland, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday. The ECJ held that establishing the disciplinary chamber did not “provide all the guarantees of impartiality and independence, and, in particular, is not protected from the direct or [...]

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The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday asked all the Union Territories and State governments to stop the registration of cases under the charge of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, by law enforcement agencies. It was further ordered that all ongoing cases registered under the section must be withdrawn immediately. Section [...]

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