Voters in six US states weighed in on voting-related ballot measures Tuesday, including the right of parolees to vote, decisions on ranked-choice voting and citizenship-related voting questions. In Massachusets, the voters rejected a proposal for ranked-choice voting. The Associated Press called the race with 54.7 percent voting against the measure, which, if approved, would have [...]

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New Zealand’s electoral commission announced Friday that voters had approved the End of Life Choice Act legalizing euthanasia in New Zealand in a referendum held October 17. Over a million people constituting 62.5%?of the electorate voted in favor of legalization. The End of Life Act, approved in the New Zealand parliament last year with the [...]

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The Journal of Epimideology and Public Health published a research study Wednesday declaring police shootings of unarmed Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) a “public health emergency.” The study was conducted by members of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Yale University using a longitudinal study of Washington Post data to draw their [...]

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On Wednesday the UK Home Office announced that beginning in January of 2021 they will implement tougher criminality restrictions for European Union citizens who wish to enter the United Kingdom. Then new rules will take effect the same day that free movement between the EU and the UK ends. Under this new restriction, foreign criminals [...]

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The United Nations Secretary-General Wednesday called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria.? António Guterres’ statement comes in the middle of the #ENDSars protests that have been happening in Nigeria since early October. The protests have decried the use of excessive force by police, and especially by the now-defunct SARS unit, the Special Anti-Robbery [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Barlett, has called for the Indian government to protect the rights of human rights defenders and NGOs in India. She praised India for being at the forefront of the fight for human rights but cautioned that vaguely worded laws may put that in jeopardy. Her Tuesday statement comes [...]

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the CAREN Act, making it unlawful for people to call 911 with solely the intent to discriminate. This comes as a response to the uptick in 911 calls made by individuals who call to report innocuous behavior or non-criminal behavior for what appears to [...]

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UN Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana is urging the international community to lift sanctions on North Korea to lessen the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a report published Thursday. There have been no officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Korea. The borders went on complete lockdown at the beginning of the year. Because [...]

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