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US offers $5M reward for information leading to arrest of Venezuela chief justice
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the United States government will offer a reward of up to $5M for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the President of Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice, Maikel José Moreno Pér (More)
US Commerce Department blacklists 11 Chinese companies
The US Department of Commerce economically blacklisted 11 more Chinese companies on Monday due to involvement in human rights abuses perpetrated against Uighur Muslims. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross cited China's "campaign of repression, mass arb (More)
US State Department sanctions Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Monday due to human rights violations dating back more than a decade. Pompeo said the State Department has "extensive credible information that Kadyrov is (More)
HRW report: Japan child athletes subject to physical violence as coaching technique
Physical violence and abuse toward child athletes persist in Japan, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Monday. Although recent reforms and public perception hint that the abuse was in decline, the report uncovered "an alarming le (More)
Iran suspends execution of anti-government protesters following online campaign
Iran's supreme court on Sunday suspended the execution of three men convicted following the November 2019 anti-government protests.The Revolutionary Court in Tehran had in February 22 convicted the three men of moharebeh (waging war against God), (More)
UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
The UK announced Monday the suspension of the country's extradition treaty with Hong Kong for an indefinite period. This comes in response to the Hong Kong National Security Law recently enacted by China.UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said tha (More)
Indian Ban on Chinese Apps: Does the Move Contradict WTO Rules?
The Indian Government took the global media by storm when it announced a ban on 59 Chinese apps in India to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security”. The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the (More)
Mt. Rushmore Is Too Small: A Walking Tour of Montgomery for My Students
This essay describes a walk not taken with my students. Here is a pdf version for anyone that might like to have a copy of this material for personal or educational use.The purpose of the walk was to show one thing: a big monument cannot fix a sm (More)
PERSONHOOD: A Story of Reproductive Rights and Pregnancy Policing
“Personhood” laws seek to classify fetuses as “persons” and grant them full legal protection under the US Constitution. These laws purport to protect the rights of a pregnant person, should they be involved in any sort of incident that terminates the (More)
Philippines anti-terror law takes effect amid human rights concerns
New Philippines anti-terror legislation took effect Saturday after approval by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month. It has been widely criticized for giving overreaching powers to the Philippines government, curbing free speech and targeting (More)