Israel lawmakers approve controversial Jewish identity law

Israel’s Knesset [official website] approved a bill [text] Wednesday that champions the Jewish nation-state and Jewish national identity. T he bill passed by a 62-55 margin. The bill designates the state of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Jerusalem as its capital and Hebrew as its official language. It reaffirms the Star of David

Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

Hackers have stolen personal data in Singapore belonging to some 1.5 million people, or about a quarter of the population, officials say. They broke into the government health database in a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” attack, according to a government statement. Those targeted visited clinics between 1 May 2015 and 4 July of this year.

No Crime to Be Poor

There is no shortage of serious legal issues facing poor people in Greater St. Louis, especially people of color, says Blake Strode ’15, who was born and raised in the area. Just three years out of HLS, Strode is back home fighting the criminalization of poverty as executive director of ArchCity Defenders, a nonprofit civil

Judge Kavanaugh and the Public’s Health: Existing & Emerging Challenges

President Donald Trump’s recent nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court from a list of potential candidates has ignited immediate support and criticism from conservatives and liberals respectively. An undergrad and law alum at Yale University, Judge Kavanaugh clerked for the departing Justice Anthony Kennedy, practiced law privately

Rights group calls for arrests of Myanmar officials

Human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] called Thursday for the arrest of top officials in Myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians. In its report, Fortify Rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for [International Criminal Court] arrest warrants.” The activist organization singled out

Organization of American States condemns violence in Nicaragua

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The Organization of American States [official website] passed a resolution [materials] on Wednesday denouncing violence in Nicaragua, particularly the violence committed against members of the Roman Catholic clergy and other protesters by the Nicaraguan government. The resolution also advocated that the Nicaraguan government adopt an electoral calendar to strengthen democracy and participate in a national dialogue. Twenty-one member states approved [press

“A Complete Corruption in Morality”: U.S. Family Separation and the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement

To separate kids from their parents is an act that is so deplorable and so inhumane, it speaks to a complete corruption in morality of this administration. . . – Jagmeet Singh, Canada’s National Democratic Party Leader The US is violating its own human-rights obligations through some of its recent immigration-related actions, most shockingly its

Spain judge withdraws extradition requests for Catalan independence activists

A judge for Spain’s Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] said [opinion, PDF, in Spanish] Thursday that he has withdrawn rebellion charges for six politicians involved in the Catalan independence referendum nullified and declared unconstitutional [Lawsiteblog report] in October 2017. Among these six include former president of the Catalan Generalitat Carles Puigdemont. The Spanish Court agreed

Crime of aggression comes into force at ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday assumed jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the ICC’s founding under the Rome Statute [text, PDF]. The crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at

Federal appeals court continues to block Trump transgender military ban

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday rejected [order, PDF] the Trump administration’s request to vacate a lower court’s order blocking President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, stating that doing so would “upend, rather than preserve, the status quo.” Last August Trump issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretaries