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Turkey ratifies social media bill amid concerns
The Turkish Parliament ratified a bill Wednesday to regulate social media in the country, with backing from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).The bill requires foreign-based social media w (More)
To Russia, With Love
The draft report by Secretary of State Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights has the Kremlin dancing a collective Barynya of glee. The current US administration and President Putin already share the parochial view that rights are derived from and (More)
The Futility of Trump's Sanctions Against ICC Investigators, and the Need for Accountability
US President Donald Trump’s sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigators in June expose the hypocrisy and incoherency of the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Trump’s sanctions surpass a lack of cooperation and enter into ou (More)
Yemeni blogger jailed in Saudi Arabia for LGBT social media post
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Yemeni blogger living in Riyadh to jail and then deportation for a social media post supporting equal rights for all in Saudi Arabia, according to a Human Rights Watch report.The tweet features a video of Moh (More)
Russia court fines opposition leader's anti-corruption foundation for violating regulations
The Simonovsky District Court in Moscow has fined Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, FBK, 600,000 rubles ($8,262) for violating Russian NGO laws regarding foreign agents, reports Russian court watchdog RAPSI. (More)
Extrajudicial Killings in India: Rule of Law v. Police Impunity
Extrajudicial killings are acts of violence carried out by law enforcement agencies without any judicial authorization. This is usually done by the state to enforce what may be called ‘instant justice’ by circumventing the elaborate procedure establi (More)
Malaysia deporting Bangladeshi for highlighting plight of migrant workers
A Bangladeshi migrant will be deported and blacklisted from Malaysia for speaking about the situation of migrant workers in Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic.The immigration department had issued a wanted notice on July 7 against Mohamad Rayh (More)
UN report: women detained in North Korea suffer severe human rights violations
According to a UN human rights report published Tuesday, women detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are subjected to multiple and serious human rights violations by security and police officials.The report was based on 100 first- (More)
Poland to leave treaty on violence against women
Poland announced its decision Saturday to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on violence against women, spurring an uproar among EU leaders, human rights organizations and activists worldwide.Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro stated in a pre (More)
Mexico City becomes first jurisdiction in country to outlaw conversion therapy
The Mexico City Congress has approved a bill reforming the city's penal code to criminalize conversion therapy.The reform seeks to penalize practitioners of conversion therapy, and the relevant provision in the Code specifies "the criminalization (More)