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Saurabh Kirpal is on track to becoming India’s first openly gay judge. Last week, the country’s Supreme Court recommended the nomination of Kirpal, a senior advocate and self-described “accidental LGBTQ activist,” to serve as a judge in the Delhi High Court, in what is considered by many to be a significant equal rights milestone—the latest [...]

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Sunday announced that his administration will introduce legislation to require social media companies to have “proper processes” to take down abusive or trolling content to dismantle the “shield of anonymity” that emboldens bigots online. In a press conference broadcast by ABC Australia, Morrison asserted that all people should feel safe online. [...]

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Voters in Switzerland approved Sunday the government’s new COVID-19 measures in a referendum. In September 2020, the Swiss Parliament passed the COVID-19 Act to respond to the global medical crisis and protect the Swiss economy. In March 2021, Parliament altered the Act to include contact tracing, government-supported testing, and “expanded financial support to those affected by [...]

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Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the Taliban takeover. Here, a Staff Correspondent for JURIST in Kabul reports on the first national TV address by the “Prime Minister” of the Taliban cabinet, in which Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund denied that the Taliban bear any responsibility [...]

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The Second Chamber of the Federal Criminal Court in Buenos Aires opened a case against the Myanmar military Saturday over atrocities committed against the Rohingyas. In 2017, the Myanmar military and its proxies launched a vicious campaign in the region. A report by the Anadolu Agency shows that nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed, 34,000 [...]

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The State Council of China amended its tobacco monopoly law Friday to include regulations for e-cigarettes and vaping. This result comes after months of deliberation by the Chinese government to regulate electronic tobacco consumption. E-cigarette sales have been functioning in the grey area of the law since they became popular in China. Following the amendment, [...]

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Friday announced that it has fined the State Bank of India (SBI) ₹1 crore for holding “shares in borrower companies, as pledgee, of an amount exceeding 30 percent of the paid-up share capital of those companies.” Section 19 of the Banking Regulation Act of 1949 prevents a banking company from [...]

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An Egyptian court Thursday affirmed death sentences for 21 people who were alleged to be Islamic Militants associated with a terror group. Handed down by the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest civilian court, this appeal comes from a ruling delivered by the Cairo criminal court in March 2020 in which 208 suspects were indicted. [...]

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