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The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld Bill 21 on Thursday, the province’s secularism law, which restricts certain public officials from wearing religious symbols while performing their duties. This decision is the latest in a series of legal challenges and discussions surrounding the law since its introduction in June 2019. The court’s ruling specifically addressed the [...]

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The UN Human Rights Committee announced Thursday that it received a record-high number of individual complaints in 2023, with many raising issues of freedom of expression and the press, as well as concerns over the treatment of opposition leaders during elections. According to the announcement, there are currently 1,321 individual complaints under investigation by the [...]

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The Alabama House passed a bill and the state Senate unanimously passed another on Thursday that would safeguard access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) following the Alabama Supreme Court decision in LePage v. Mobile Infirmary Clinic, Inc., which classified frozen embryos as children. The House passed HB 237 by a 94-6 majority while the Senate passed SB [...]

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An Ecuadorian Criminal Guarantees judge determined on Wednesday that five suspects accused of the murder of former presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio will be called to trial. Villavicencio was assassinated in August 2023 while on the campaign trail. In August 2023, Villavicencio, former Ecuadorian congressman and journalist who focused on corruption issues, was assassinated while finishing [...]

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A Texas federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday suspending enforcement of a Texas state law that criminalized illegal entry to the US from abroad. The law, SB4, criminalized a number of immigration offenses under state law and empowered state law enforcement to make arrests and hold people in detention. SB4 will now be [...]

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The Canadian government announced a new visa policy for Mexican nationals in a press release on Thursday, citing “an increase in asylum claims made by Mexian citizens that are refused, withdrawn or abandoned.” The policy creates new requirements for Mexican nationals receiving an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada by air. Going forward, [...]

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The EU blocked a proposal on Wednesday aimed at fostering sustainability and responsible corporate behavior in the bloc. The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) aimed to accomplish these goals while also protecting human rights and the environment in companies’ operations and corporate governance. The European Commission previously adopted the proposal on February 23. The CSDDD [...]

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed on Wednesday new congressional maps into law. The new legislation is set to take effect immediately. These new maps have been rather controversial since being proposed. In 2022, it was alleged that they were gerrymandered “to protect Democratic incumbents.” After Republicans filed a suit against Hochul, the New York [...]

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The UK unlawfully increased police powers to impose conditions on peaceful protests, human rights organization Liberty claimed  in court on Wednesday. The law in question, the Public Order Act, had been pushed through Parliament by former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, despite being rejected by Parliament only months before, in January 2023. The court case centers [...]

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“Where there were great military actions, there lies whitening now the jawbone of an ass.” Saint-John Perse (French poet, 1887-1975) As film, the core importance of “Oppenheimer” lies in its messages on human survival. The personal, emotional and romantic aspects of the film are captivating, to be sure, but they are less consequential than any [...]

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