Amnesty International (AI) called  Monday for the Egyptian parliament to vote down proposed laws  that would increase the government’s control over online content. Najia Bounaim , Director of Campaigns in North Africa, said, These proposed laws would increase the Egyptian government’s already broad powers to monitor, censor and block social media and blogs, as well as criminalize [...]

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A federal judge on Friday blocked a proposed Kentucky Medicaid plan that would include work requirements as a condition of receiving the state’s subsidized health coverage. Under the proposed Kentucky plan, titled Kentucky HEALTH, the state would impose “community-engagement” requirements for both traditional and expansion Medicaid populations. It also included a new mandate that would [...]

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California lawmakers passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act Thursday, granting broad online privacy protections to consumers. Assembly member and bill sponsor Ed Chau said in a statement , “Today, California took a historic step in enacting legislation to protect children and consumers by giving them control over their own personal data. Consumers [...]

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In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned a 41-year old precedent and held that all union security clauses in public-sector labor contracts violate the First Amendment. A union security clause is provision in a contract between a union and an employer that obliges members of the union bargaining unit to [...]

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Judge T.S. Ellis, III for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Tuesday that charges for bank fraud and tax evasion against former campaign manager for US President Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, can proceed. Manafort challenged his indictment in June, arguing that Special Counsel exceeded its authority. Ellis refused to dismiss [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee  on Wednesday called for  for the Human Rights Council (HRC) to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC)  into alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya community. “I strongly recommend the persons allegedly responsible for the violations of international human rights law and [...]

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Poland’s parliament amended Wednesday the controversial February bill that criminalized speech suggesting Poland played a role in Holocaust atrocities. At Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki‘s urging , lawmakers convened for an emergency session to amend the four-month-old law. The original law imposed three-year prison sentences for statements that “publicly and against the facts ascribe responsibility or co-responsibility for the [...]

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