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As part of efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on governments on Wednesday to take “urgent action” to protect the health and safety of people in detention and other closed facilities. Bachelet stated: Governments are facing huge demands on resources in this crisis and are having [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called Tuesday for better protections against the novel coronavirus by filing a lawsuit against US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the immediate release of at-risk immigrant detainees and filing an emergency petition in Massachusetts to reduce the number of people incarcerated. The lawsuit against ICE was filed on [...]

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The US Senate announced early Wednesday morning that it has reached a deal for a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief and economic stimulus package. Early Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to the Senate floor to announce that they had reached a bipartisan deal. “At last, [...]

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The EU agreed Tuesday that it would begin membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. The European Affairs Ministers met via video conference led by the Croatian European Affairs Minister, Andreja Metelko-Zgombic. During the conference, the Affairs Ministers agreed to pursue the membership negotiations with the two countries. Metelko-Zgombic stated, “It was my great pleasure [...]

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At least four people were killed in Guinea Sunday after a referendum vote led to violence between security forces and demonstrators protesting the proposed change. While the government claims that only two people died as a direct result of the violence, other parties claim that as many as 10 people were killed during the vote. [...]

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In a brief per curiam order issued Monday, Pennsylvania’s top court dismissed a recent complaint over the scope of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order shuttering non-essential businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. The lawsuit had been filed by a gun store owner and a gun buyer, contesting that selling firearms was an essential constitutional [...]

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Amnesty International and Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) shared concerns Tuesday on overcrowded Pakistani prisons amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The report specifically mentioned a prisoner that tested positive for COVID-19 after being arrested in Italy. Italy deported the prisoner to Pakistan, and Pakistan placed the prisoner among 3,500 uninfected inmates in a jail barracks. Authorities eventually [...]

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