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A human rights group Sunday filed a criminal complaint with the attorney general of Singapore, accusing former Sri Lankan President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa of perpetrating war crimes and human rights violations during the country’s civil war. Rajapaksa fled to Singapore earlier this month as Sri Lankans gathered in protest over alleged government corruption and economic [...]

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The European Commission Friday launched four new infringement procedures, or legal action, against the UK for not complying with significant rules governing trading arrangements for Northern Ireland. The EU governing body’s press statement explained that “the UK’s unwillingness to engage in meaningful discussion since last Friday and the continued passage of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill [...]

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in a 15-1 decision Friday that The Gambia is allowed to file proceedings against Myanmar for violating provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Gambia, along with many other countries and the UN, has claimed that Myanmar has subjected its [...]

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The UK Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration David Neal Thursday released his first report detailing the current migrant crisis on the British-French border. The report raised concerns and criticisms about the current UK migrant management system. Neal was first appointed to the role in March 2021 for a period of three years. As [...]

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The Basmanny District Court of Moscow Thursday received a lawsuit from the Russian Ministry of Justice requesting that the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency for Israel be liquidated, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The grounds for the suit were not provided. The Jewish Agency, known as “Sokhnut” in Russia, is an international organization [...]

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The UK Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that all workers are entitled to receive the same amount of paid time off. The case, Harpur Trust v. Brazel, involved a visiting music teacher named Lesley Brazel. Brazel works on a continuing contract at a school run by The Harpur Trust, but is not contracted to work during school holidays. [...]

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The United Kingdom announced new measures Wednesday to provide its courts with powers to stop wealthy individuals or large businesses, as well as Russian oligarchs, from abusing the UK legal system to silence critics. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab set out the measures which target the so-called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs). SLAPPs often [...]

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Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) said Wednesday that it will require search engines to add a disclaimer to all Wikimedia Foundation search results, including Wikipedia, to warn internet users about its violation of Russian law, specifically concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. RKN said in a statement that the measures are being imposed due to Wikimedia’s [...]

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The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Wednesday released a report holding the ruling Taliban regime responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and other inhumane punishments over the course of nearly a year since the Taliban seized power. UNAMA’s report extensively outlines the deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. It [...]

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The US State Department Tuesday released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report which held China and 10 other countries responsible for enabling the practice of human trafficking within their borders. The report surveys and evaluates the trafficking prevention efforts of 188 countries, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken estimated that 25 million people remain [...]

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