World Legal News

James Jeffrey, the US special envoy to Syria, on Wednesday told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that “we’ve seen several incidents which we consider war crimes” during Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria. These allegations follow a number of other similar claims made by leading human rights organizations. Jeffrey’s office has been investigating the actions of [...]

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The UN human rights expert on Myanmar called Wednesday for action against human rights violations in Myanmar. The expert noted that she has not seen “improvement to the situation in Myanmar” and “called for sanctions against military-run companies and commanders responsible for serious violations.” The expert also called on the UN Security Council to bring [...]

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The US government filed a civil complaint against the state of California Wednesday for entering into a cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec. According to the federal government, California overstepped its state powers by entering into an international climate change agreement in 2013 with a foreign nation. Cap-and-trade agreements are a major component of California’s plan to [...]

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Hong Kong Secretary of Security John Lee announced Wednesday the formal withdrawal of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 in front of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The bill would have expanded Hong Kong’s extradition laws [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called Friday for the release of thousands of people recently arrested en masse in Egypt in response to several peaceful protests at the end of September. The OHCHR stated that Egypt violated the protesters’ rights to due process as well as freedom of assembly [...]

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Northern Ireland’s new abortion laws took effect Tuesday after lawmakers sat in assembly Monday aiming to halt their implementation. The Speaker rejected efforts to introduce preventative legislation, citing procedural concerns. It is reasonable to say that it cannot be considered good practice to seek to take legislation through the House on a given day without [...]

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Amnesty International released their inaugural report on the performance of three regional human rights institutions in Africa on Monday, finding low compliance with the final decisions of the regional mechanisms. Although many states have consistently promised to comply, the report found that overall the states have failed to follow through. For example, the African Court [...]

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