Russia Thursday announced plans for a formal signing ceremony at the Kremlin to accept the results of recent referenda in the four regions to join Russia. The referenda have been called a “sham” by the US and “illegal” by the EU. Russia will also send defense forces and more than three billion rubles to the [...]

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Six US states Thursday sued President Joe Biden over his recently proposed federal student loan forgiveness plan. The state attorneys generals of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina alleged in a federal Missouri court that Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plan is unauthorized and poses economic harm to working class individuals. The thrust [...]

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Thursday demanded a stay of execution for Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani and Elham Choubdar. In August, the Islamic Revolution Court of Urumieh charged Sedighi-Hamadani and Choubdar with “corruption on earth” for allegedly promoting homosexuality and sentenced both women to death. Sedighi-Hamadani was arrested and arbitrarily detained [...]

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The trial of Félicien Kabuga, one of the alleged financiers and masterminds of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Thursday began at The Hague. Kabuga faces charges of genocide, direct public incitement to commit genocide and murder as crimes against humanity. Kabuga was one of the financiers of the Rwandan media outlet Radio Télévision Libre des Mille [...]

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Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Pádraig Delargy Wednesday released a statement criticizing administrative delays in the recent prosecution of alleged Bloody Sunday perpetrator “Soldier F.” Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) announced a new trial would begin on Tuesday against Soldier F. On January 30, 1972, in Derry, Northern Ireland, 26 unarmed civilians were shot [...]

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India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday banned the organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) for undertaking “unlawful activities” which are “prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country” and for its alleged connection to the organisations. Under Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA), PFI is banned for five [...]

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Law students and law graduates in Pakistan are reporting for JURIST on events in that country impacting its legal system. Here, Eisha Chaudhry, a law student in the final year of her external LL.B. program at the University of London, reflects on the floods that have lately devastated so much of Pakistan and have prompted [...]

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Amnesty International Wednesday said Lesotho must address police brutality, extrajudicial killings and torture ahead of the nation’s October 7 elections. The organization has collected evidence of many instances of torture at the hands of law enforcement and hopes candidates will make human rights a priority before and after the upcoming vote. This January, the Lesotho [...]

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The Australian Parliament, led by the Australian Labor Party, Wednesday introduced a bill to form a National Anti-Corruption Commission. In a speech, Labor MP and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus described the commission’s proposed broad powers. The commission will be able to investigate ministers, parliamentarians, parliamentary staff, statutory office holders and all government employees and contractors for [...]

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RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency, Wednesday reported that leaders from the Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republics (LPR) were traveling to Moscow to complete the procedure of joining Russia. The results of the referenda for the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia were: Donetsk – 99.23% voted in favor of joining [...]

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