Greece denied accusations of forced returns of migrants made by the BBC at a press briefing on Monday. BBC alleged that the Greek coastguard’s brutality towards migrants resulted in the deaths of 43 migrants within three years from May 2020 to May 2023, in a report released on Monday. The BBC report analyzed 15 incidents [...]

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Nooria — an Afghan refugee in Turkey — faces unbelievable hardships and the daily fear of deportation. Undaunted, she refuses to return to the Taliban’s gender apartheid state in Afghanistan. Before the Taliban’s resurgence, Nooria had a comfortable position with the US Government in Kabul. But following threats from the regime, the 40-year-old fled, and [...]

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In September 2023, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (CFA) handed down a landmark ruling in the case of Sham Tsz Kit v. Secretary for Justice. By a narrow 3-2 majority, the court decided that Article 14(2) of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights (BOR) obligates the government to create a legal framework for [...]

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Wes Moore, governor of the US eastern seaboard state of Maryland, signed an executive order Monday pardoning 175,000 convictions related to possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, becoming one of the first US states to issue a mass pardon on cannabis. The order is set to include more than 150,000 misdemeanor convictions for possession of [...]

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The Federal Court of Australia on Monday officially recognized the Kabi Kabi people as the native title holders of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The decision was made at a hearing in Brisbane as part of a lawsuit that has been pending since 2013. The indigenous Kabi-Kabi people have gained recognition for their connection to their traditional [...]

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Austria’s largest party announced Monday that it will challenge the newly passed Council of the European Union regulation seeking to restore EU ecosystems. The regulation was passed with the support of Austrian Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler. In a letter addressed to the Belgian Prime Minister, the Chancellor of Austria claimed that Minister Gewessler was “not [...]

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Chinese activists Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing were sentenced on Friday by the Guangzhou Intermediate Court to five years and three years and six months in prison, respectively, for “subversion against the state,” as shared by supporters of the activists on social media. Sophia Huang Xueqin, a prominent women’s rights activist in China who [...]

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The State Court of Niger has lifted the criminal immunity of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum over accusations of high treason, Bozum’s lawyer confirmed on Friday. The ex-president’s lawyer, Reed Brody, described the decision as a “travesty of justice” and said, “We haven’t even been able to meet our client.” By virtue of the ruling, Bazoum [...]

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Sali Berisha, head of Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party and the country’s former president, on Monday lost his appeal against a previous decision from the UK’s Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) excluding him from entering the UK’s territory. The entry ban against Berisha was issued by the SSHD on July 21, 2022. [...]

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The Sverdlovsky Regional Court on Monday declared that the trial of American journalist Evan Gershkovich will be held behind closed doors. As released by the court and reported by TASS, the first session will take place on June 26. Gershkovich was previously being kept in a pre-trial detention center, during which time his appeal to [...]

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