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The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report on Tuesday that attacks against civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may amount to crimes against humanity. The declaration comes after numerous civilian attacks were described in a report by the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the [...]

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Germany’s federal competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, announced Thursday that it is extending the scope of proceedings against Facebook in relation to the link between Oculus and Facebook after changes to German competition law. The extension will include an assessment of whether Facebook is subject to new legislation under the German Competition Act, and, if so, [...]

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The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, told press on Tuesday that arrested rioters of the government-imposed curfew will face prompt and harsh prosecution. On Monday night, 184 rioters were arrested and many more fined, with the fine for breaching curfew being 95 euros. Monday was the third day of protests in the [...]

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The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday calling for the release of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, urging the EU to impose restrictions against those involved in the arrest, and insisting EU halt completion of Nord Stream 2. The resolution comes after Navalny was arrested on Sunday when arriving in Moscow following recovery from [...]

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The Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response recommended minor improvements Tuesday to the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR). Both the Review Committee and the Independent Panel were established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to World Health Assembly resolution 73.1. The Review Committee is [...]

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued an opinion Thursday in its first case heard in the Irish language. The case concerned the scope of the national court’s discretion to grant relief when national law breached EU law. The case involved an EU directive that required veterinary medicinal products to be packaged [...]

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Non-governmental watchdog organization Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC)?reported recently that Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has ignored human rights violations at Hungary’s Schengen borders. The report found that Frontex ignored the violations for four years. Moreover, it found that Frontex recently remained in Hungary after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in [...]

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Julian Assange was denied bail by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Wednesday, just days after the judge blocked his extradition to the US. Assange faces espionage charges in the US and spent almost a year-and-a-half in a UK prison while awaiting the extradition ruling. On Monday, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused extradition mainly [...]

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The Council of State, France’s highest administrative court, ruled Wednesday that the government’s decision to extend closure of cinemas, theatres, and cultural venues after the easing of national lockdown was justified. The ruling comes after France eased its national lockdown on December 15, but decided to keep cinemas, theatres, museums, and other cultural venues shut [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that Hungary failed to fulfill its obligations under EU law after adopting legislation that restricts international protection offered to asylum seekers. The ruling comes after Hungary adopted legislation in 2015 that created transit zones at the Serbian-Hungarian border to apply asylum procedures and created the concept of [...]

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