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The National Congress of Honduras Thursday voted?in favor of constitutional reforms that make it difficult to reverse provisions preventing the legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage. Of the 128 members of Congress, 88 voted in favor of the reforms, 28 opposed and seven abstained.?They will have to be ratified in a second session. If ratified, [...]

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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday warned of possible violent uprisings and government crackdowns amid political unrest in Haiti. The office noted that conditions in Haiti are worsening and that criminal activity and widespread insecurity are on the rise. OHCHR spokesperson Marta Hurtado told reporters that political tensions [...]

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Russian authorities on Sunday arrested opposition leader Aleksei Navalny on his arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. Navalny was traveling from Berlin where he spent the past five months recovering from a fatal nerve-agent attack that he believes was carried out by Kremlin agents to quash his resistance movement. Amnesty International issued a statement calling for [...]

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Israeli human rights group B’Tselem’ reported on Tuesday that the state of Israel is pursuing a nondemocratic “apartheid regime” and “Jewish supremacy” in both Palestinian and Israeli territories. The group has documented abuses against Palestinians since 1989 and continues to challenge the myth that Palestine and Israel exist side-by-side as separate autonomous regions. B’Tselem’ has [...]

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The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has sued the province of New Brunswick over its refusal to fund abortions in private-practice clinics. The CCLA argued in its motion that New Brunswick’s failure to fund abortion services violated prior legal precedent and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While New Brunswick does cover the cost [...]

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the government to rebuild a historical?Hindu temple that was vandalized and destroyed last week in Karak. During the hearing, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed directed the authorities to rebuild the Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj Samadhi Temple and to charge expenses to the local Muslim leader, mullah Sharif, whom [...]

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The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a revenge porn law that criminalizes the sharing of nude images of a person without that person’s consent, ruling that First Amendment protections do not extend to this type of speech. The court reasoned in its opinion that revenge porn does not constitute free speech under the First [...]

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The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation?added Tuesday prominent women’s rights organization supporting domestic violence victims, Nasiliu.net (“Not to Violence”), to its?“foreign agent” list under a controversial law aimed at restricting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from operating freely. The “foreign agent” status subjects NGOs, the press, and individuals to higher levels of bureaucratic scrutiny, and [...]

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A coalition of human rights groups Wednesday?joined WhatsApp’s lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group and accused the company of selling Pegasus surveillance software to government agencies to target human rights activists under the guise of terrorism laws. The groups filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, alleging [...]

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A Texas-led coalition of nine states?urged Tuesday a federal judge to invalidate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing that DACA was unlawfully created by former President Barack Obama. The DACA program has enabled thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to work, pursue higher education, live without risk of [...]

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