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Panama legalized medical marijuana use on Monday, joining at least seven other Latin American countries. After a five-year struggle, Panama’s national assembly unanimously passed Bill 153 during the bill’s third debate. Some members of the assembly shared that they were swayed by the initiative’s motto, “for a day without pain.” National Assembly President Crispiano Adames, [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that the Russian authorities’ investigation into the circumstances of the death of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova was insufficient. Estemirova was abducted and murdered in July 2009 after having investigated various cases of “kidnappings, torture and extrajudicial killings in Chechnya.” She had publicly alleged and denounced various [...]

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The Karkardooma District Court in East Delhi Sunday stated that the investigation standard for the northeast Delhi communal riots in February 2020 was “very poor.” The riots followed violent protests in the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). Judge Vinod Yadav made this statement during a hearing for Ashraf Ali, who was accused of [...]

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The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Monday requiring the Taliban to honor their commitment to let Afghans and foreign nationals freely leave Afghanistan and to facilitate safe passage for those seeking to do so. The resolution called for the Taliban to allow humanitarian access to the country and to uphold human rights, including [...]

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London-based human rights lawyers, representing victims of Yemen’s civil war, called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the civil war. Attorney and co-founder of Guernica 37, Toby Cadman, submitted evidence Monday of three alleged war crimes where over 140 individuals, including children, were killed [...]

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The Office of Communications (Ofcom), UK’s communication services regulator, on Friday imposed two fines of £100,000 on Chinese state-owned broadcaster Star China Media Limited (SCML) for failing to comply with the country’s broadcasting rules on fairness and privacy. In January 2016, the SCML’s CCTV News service (later renamed the China Global Television Network, or CGTN) [...]

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In a case addressing the extent of obligations owed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held on Friday that intelligence agencies are not required to confirm nor deny the existence of records relating to whether the agencies were aware of an imminent threat [...]

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Amnesty International (AI) released a statement Thursday detailing cases of at least 50 people who were arbitrarily banned from traveling out of Tunisia over the last month. AI records showed that president Kai Saied has made extensive use of travel bans in the first month since he assumed exceptional powers. AI stated that the number [...]

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The Land and Environment Court of New South Wales on Thursday ruled that the NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) had failed in its duty to ensure the protection of the environment from climate change, and further ordered the environmental watchdog to develop “environmental quality objectives, guidelines and policies to ensure environment protection from climate [...]

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The Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Indian central government on Friday, seeking a reply to WhatsApp’s challenge against the new Information Technology Rules which were created by the government in February 2021. Tech companies have challenged the constitutionality of Rule 4(2) and related provisions requiring social media intermediaries to identify the first originator [...]

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