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Dozens of UN states jointly rebuke Saudi Arabia for human rights violations
In a statement read before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), 29 member states condemned the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over serious human rights violations and called for accountability for the 2018 murder of a Washington Post journalist.Carsten (More)
Analysing the Effects of Turkey’s Social Media Regulation Bill
On July 29th, 2020, the Parliament of Turkey passed a controversial bill to regulate content posted on social media platforms, which will come into effect on October 1st, 2020. The bill is expected to have a chilling effect on the freedom of speech a (More)
A Resolution for International Disputes in Greco-Turkish Seas
The recent controversy ignited by the exploratory drills conducted off the coast of Cyprus is just the latest addition to the chain of conflicts between Greece and Turkey. The apparent reason for the spark seems to be the new-found energy resources i (More)
Mexico president asks Senate for referendum on investigating former presidents
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent a request to the Senate Tuesday for approval to place a national referendum on the ballot that would authorize investigation and prosecution of five former presidents of Mexico for crimes allegedly c (More)
From Criticism to Contempt: Twitter and Free Speech in India
Justice H.R. Khanna from the Supreme Court of India once observed ‘Judges should not silence criticism with threat of Contempt of Court but should remove the weakness and drawback that crept into the judicial system.’ Administration of justice and up (More)
Venezuela authorities responsible for crimes against humanity: UN report
A UN report published Wednesday accused Venezuelan state authorities, including the president, of being complicit in human rights violations and crimes "amounting to crimes against humanity."The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on t (More)
The Establishment of the National Council for Transgender Persons in India is a Long Overdue Reform
On August 21, 2020, the Government of India announced the creation of  the National Council for Transgender Persons (“Council”) to work towards the societal acceptance and improvement in the status of the transgender community. The Council is the cou (More)
Rights groups pen letter declaring Uighur genocide in China
Human rights organizations signed an open letter Tuesday declaring China's treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province a genocide. The letter cited a November 2019 UN report that raised concerns over "increasing practices of arbitrary detent (More)
Pennsylvania prisoner rights groups sue jail over mental health concerns
The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for discrimination against inmates with (More)
UN rights council urges rights-based approach to COVID-19 pandemic
Speaking Monday in a UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) debate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that governments providing healthcare and social protection to all citizens would be able (More)