The European Commission Tuesday announced an investigation into the “golden passport” schemes of EU member states Cyprus and Malta for “selling” EU citizenship. The schemes enable investors to obtain EU citizenship by making pre-determined payments to the member states. The European Commission characterized the schemes as inconsistent with the purpose of Article 4(3) of the [...]

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A court-appointed steering committee filed a joint status report on Tuesday providing an update on their efforts to reunite migrant children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” immigration policy in 2017 and 2018. According to the report, of the 1,030 children identified as a class in Ms, L [...]

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A Kentucky court on Tuesday ordered the release of new records from the grand jury investigation into the officers who killed Breonna Taylor and gave permission to the grand jurors to speak freely about what occurred during the controversial proceeding. An anonymous juror sued Kentucky late last month, seeking the release of grand jury transcripts, [...]

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“All narrative of the past implies a selection. Memory is selective; complete memory is impossible.” – Elizabeth Jelin In September 2020, the Spanish Government introduced the “Democratic Memory Law” through its Democratic Memory Act (“The Act”), which is an extension of the Historical Memory Act of 2007 to honor the victims of General Francisco Franco’s [...]

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Four international human rights organizations have sent letters to over 3,500 mayors and city council members in the US, urging them to review laws and practices before the November 3 general election to protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. In a separate letter to governors released Tuesday, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International-USA, Physicians for [...]

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Authorities in Lagos Tuesday imposed  a round-the-clock curfew following protests against alleged police brutality. According to eyewitnesses, 12 protestors and others were wounded after police forces opened fire on the protesting crowds. Protests began following the death of a young man at the hands of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in early October. The [...]

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Judge James Babler of the Barron County Circuit Court in Wisconsin Monday reinstated Governor Tony Evers’s emergency order setting in place precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 as Wisconsin experiences a surge in new cases. Judge Babler denied the Tavern League of Wisconsin’s motion to continue blocking the order, originally issued on October 6. [...]

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The attorneys general for eleven US states and the District of Columbia submitted a comment letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday, demanding that the agency regulate airplane exhaust pollution more strictly than the Trump administration proposed. During the Obama administration, the EPA first proposed regulating emissions of greenhouse gasses from airplanes in [...]

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A New York federal judge Monday ordered transcripts of depositions conducted with Ghislaine Maxwell to be unsealed as soon as possible, to shed light on the sex-trafficking scheme she allegedly ran with the late registered sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell, who was arrested in New Hampshire in early July 2020, is accused of [...]

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A Russian court Monday sentenced a former mayor to six months of community service after finding him guilty of criminal negligence due to a major diesel fuel leak from a storage tank in the Arctic city of Norilsk in May.  In a statement, the Krasnoyarsk Regional Court announced that Riant Akhmetshin was sentenced to “correctional [...]

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