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India Staff Correspondent Sambhav Sharma, a final year law student at Amity Law School, reports on the Supreme Court of India’s response to a recent farmers’ protest against the government in which multiple protesters were killed. He files this for JURIST from New Delhi. Yesterday the Supreme Court of India took suo motu cognizance of [...]

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The Australian and Papua New Guinean (PNG) governments announced Wednesday that they have agreed to realize a joint arrangement to end offshore immigration and refugee processing by December. In a joint statement from Australia’s Karen Andrews and PNG’s Westly Nukundj detailing the agreement, the parties stated that their respective governments have finalized the Regional Resettlement [...]

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Sri Lankan prosecutors on Monday indicted 24 suspects along with the “mastermind” of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombing in the Colombo Permanent High Court. The indictment concerns three attacks on April 21, 2019 which killed 269 people, including local and foreign nationals. The attacks were on churches and hotels, targeting the Christian community in [...]

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The Supreme Court of India Monday approved a government plan to compensate families of deceased COVID-19 victims. The program provides 50,000 rupees per family death. 50,000 rupees coverts to almost $670 for the nearly 450,000 deaths—representing a substantial cost for the Indian government. However, the number of deaths will increase further. The pandemic continues to [...]

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The French Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (CIASE) reported Tuesday that clergy, monks, or nuns sexually abused an estimated 216,000 children during a 70-year period. CIASE released its report after investigating French Catholic churches for over two and a half years. The report proposed detailed measures on issues relating to theology, ecclesiology, [...]

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Poland Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski declared Monday that in order to reduce migrant inflow from Belarus, the adjoining security borders with Greece and Turkey will be strengthened by structuring a perimeter that would include a system of motion sensors with thermal cameras. The influx of migrants is rising mostly from countries such as Iraq and [...]

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Canada invoked a 1977 treaty with the United States on Monday to force continued oil flow through the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline that runs throughout the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes. The treaty guarantees “uninterrupted transmission by pipeline” of hydrocarbons. In November 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer revoked the easement agreement between Enbridge, [...]

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The Singapore Parliament passed a law Monday known as the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Act (FICA) after a 10-hour session in the Singapore Parliament. The bill was first raised three years ago, and it was signed into law after three weeks of it being tabled. Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said: “This Bill is [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Friday in response to a decision by Ethiopia’s federal government to declare seven senior UN officials as “persona non grata,” meaning they are unwelcome in the country. HRW noted that this announcement comes only days after the UN chief for humanitarian relief warned that the Tigray region [...]

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a report Sunday revealing the secrets of numerous wealthy elites and world leaders who have been using secret accounts to hide their assets. The investigation was based on a leak of around 12 million confidential records from 14 off-shore service providers. The documents cover a wide range of [...]

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