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The New South Wales (NSW), Australia government Monday announced a new domestic violence prevention scheme to be trialed in the region which will release details and history of past offenders. The Right to Ask Scheme is based on the UK’s Clare’s Law, which “enables the police to disclose information to a victim or potential victim [...]

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Sierra Leone Monday passed a landmark law promoting women’s rights in the workplace and positions of power. The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act (GEWE) was signed into law by President Julius Maada Bio, who stated that the law will “address the gender imbalances in this country comprehensively.” The GEWE, introduced to parliament in 2021, [...]

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Amnesty International Monday urged Eswatini authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the murder of human rights lawyer and activist Thulani Maseko. In a news release, Amnesty International called for Maseko’s death to be “promptly investigated in an effective, thorough, impartial and transparent manner, completely independent of government.” Maseko was reportedly assassinated in his home [...]

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European Union ministers agreed Monday on a new set of sanctions against Iran during this month’s EU Foreign Affairs Council, said the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU in an online statement. The sanctions follow a call by the European Parliament to add the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other Iranian officials [...]

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The Canadian government Saturday announced a $2.8 billion settlement to conclude a 325-member class litigation launched by Indigenous Canadians affected by the country’s condemned residential school program, which sent 150,000 children into 139 residential schools from the late 1800s to the 1990s. The settlement money will be placed in a not-for-profit trust to “support healing, [...]

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The Ombudsman Office of Peru (Defensoría del Pueblo del Perú) Saturday reported that 55 people have been killed by authorities amid ongoing protests against President Dina Boluarte’s government. The office also reported that it inquired into the arrest of 191 people in Lima and interviewed police to determine when protestors may be released. In further [...]

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Prominent Cameroonian journalist Martine Zogo was found dead on Sunday, according to press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Cameroon’s Ministry of Communication. Zogo was the director of independent radio broadcaster Amplitude FM and the host of radio show Embouteillages. Regional journalist Samari Sawlani said Zogo “had been vocal on matters related to government [...]

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Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group Saturday released a joint statement saying that they will resume peace talks in Mexico next month, in response to the government recently declaring, and then subsequently calling off, a bilateral ceasefire. These talks have been in process since last year, with the goal of bringing an end [...]

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The European Parliament Thursday resolved to condemn the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for human rights violations in the wake of protests against the state after the death of Mahsa Amini. The nonbinding resolution calls for “the expansion of restrictive measures” against Iran. The resolution describes the “detention, arrest, and abduction” of over 20,000 protestors, [...]

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Senator Penny Wong from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Office Thursday said that the “Australian Government is deeply troubled by the ongoing” detainment of Dr. Yang Hengju (also known as Dr. Yang Jun), an Australian citizen and academic. Yang first travelled to Guangzhou, China in January 19, 2019. Since then, Yang has been detained by [...]

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