The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Friday that it has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestine. The ICC was established in 2002 and prosecutes genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed around the world. In 2018, Palestine referred possible crimes to the ICC Prosecutor for investigation. In 2020, the Prosecutor sought a ruling of [...]

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New Mexico state senator Linda Lopez introduced leglsiation Monday that includes sweeping police reform. According to Mapping Police Violence, New Mexico had the highest rate of police killings per one million people between January 2013 and December 2019. Senate Bill 227 would impose stricter restrictions on when officers can use deadly force: A law enforcement [...]

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Katrin Helling-Plahr of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) presented legislation Friday to regulate assisted suicide in Germany. Helling-Plahr partnered with fellow Bundestag members Dr. Karl Lauterbach of the Social Democrat Party (SDP) and Dr. Petra Sitte of the Left Party to draft a plan “for people who want to die independently and of their own [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for certiorari by Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley regarding Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 reopening orders. Sisolak’s May Emergency Directive 021 allowed businesses like amusement parks, museums and gyms to open at 50 percent capacity but specified that religious institutions could host no more than 50 people [...]

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Amazon filed suit in the EU’s General Court on Tuesday to combine investigations of the tech giant by the EU Commission and the?Italian Competition Authority (ICA). The ICA, which launched its case in April 2019, and the Commission both allege that Amazon favors its own retail brands and brands that use Amazon fulfillment services with [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) and UN human rights experts have demanded that Israel provide equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza. According to the Israeli Health Ministry, Israel has “vaccinated a larger share of its population against COVID-19 than any other country.” However, experts say Palestinians living in [...]

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released their annual report on human rights in China on Thursday, declaring that China has possibly committed genocide against Uighur Muslims, a Turkic ethnic minority, in China’s?Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In their 2019 report, the CECC reported the existence of mass internment and forced labor camps in the [...]

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Non-fatal strangulation will likely become a specific criminal offense in England and Wales next month. Presently, it falls under common assault, which allows perpetrators to serve light sentences. Under the proposed change, it would carry a maximum sentence of seven years. The Center for Women’s Justice (CWJ), which has long advocated for the change, underlined [...]

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The National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) announced Thursday that they have assembled an international Commission of Inquiry to investigate racist police violence against people of African descent in the United States. In June of 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Council [...]

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US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced Wednesday evening that she is drawing up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. The Congresswoman tweeted her plans, writing, “I am drawing up Articles of Impeachment. Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives removed from [...]

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