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Organization of American States condemns violence in Nicaragua

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A judge for Spain’s Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] said [opinion, PDF, in Spanish] Thursday that he has withdrawn rebellion charges for six politicians involved in the Catalan independence referendum nullified and declared unconstitutional [Lawsiteblog report] in October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...

Bangladesh court sentences four to death for crimes against humanity during 1971 war

The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] sentenced [judgment, PDF] four people to death on Tuesday for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence [BBC backgrounder] from Pakistan. The convicts, all over the age of 65 at the time the judgment was passed, were charged with committing genocide, murder, abduction and torture...

Brexit advocacy group fined £61,000 for breaking election laws

Vote Leave [advocacy website], an advocacy group spearheading the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, was fined £61,000 and referred to authorities by the country’s Electoral Commission [official website] on Tuesday for breaking electoral laws during the 2016 referendum. In an official statement [press release], the Commission stated that it had obtained evidence that Vote Leave exceeded its...

Iran sues US over sanctions

Iran filed a lawsuit [materials] against the US in the International Court of Justice Tuesday, alleging that the US is violating a 1955 treaty. This lawsuit follows the US’ decision in May to remove itself from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran. Iran is alleging that in taking such action, the US...

European Commission fines Google $5.1bn for privacy violations

The European Commission [official website] fined Google €4.34 billion (USD $5.1 billion) on Wednesday for violating EU antitrust regulations. In a press release [text], the Commission alleged that Google illegally required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install the Google search engine and Google Chrome as a requirement to license Google’s app store, Google Play, as well as illegally paid smartphone manufacturers...