California prosecutors charge three Alameda police officers with involuntary manslaughter of detainee Mario Gonzalez in 2021
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by Gijs de Bra | Cornell Law School, US
12h ago
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in California announced charges on Thursday against three City of Alameda police officers for involuntary manslaughter of detainee Mario Gonzalez. On April 19, 2021, the officers tried to detain Gonzalez after receiving “a call involving a man behaving oddly in a public park”. They later learned he was a suspect in a shoplifting incident. Body-cam footage reviewed by JURIST shows the officers struggling to handcuff Gonzalez, forcing him to the ground and holding him there for minutes. Gonzalez then died at the scene. An initial investigation did no ..read more
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UN refugee official urges Cyprus to halt efforts to push back Syria refugee boats arriving from Lebanon
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by Salma Ben Souissi | The University of Law, GB
14h ago
The United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Cyprus spokesperson Emilia Strovolidou urged the country on Friday to stop forcibly pushing away Syrian refugee boats arriving from Lebanon in violation of international human rights law and the principle of non-refoulment provided by the 1951 Refugee Convention, according to reports from the Associated Press and European human rights group EuroMed Rights. Strovolidou said authorities’ use of “violent” tactics to “destabilize” boats in order to thwart refugees from arriving to its shores is contrary to its obligations under international law. Cyprus h ..read more
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Poland authorities arrest three in relation to attack on Navalny ally
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by Aimee Woodmass | Newcastle Law School, GB
15h ago
Polish authorities arrested three people on Friday in relation to the attack on an ally of the late Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. Leonid Volkov was “brutally attacked” in mid-March outside his home in Lithuania, where he lives in exile. The arrests were announced by Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, who released a statement on X (Formerly Twitter). Two Polish individuals and one Belarusian, who is suspected to have orchestrated the attack, were arrested and are now in custody. He further stated that the detained individuals are associated with extremist groups and assured that there woul ..read more
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Armenia agrees to return four villages to Azerbaijan
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by Emanuel Xhindi | U. Tirana Faculty of Law, AL
15h ago
Armenia announced Friday that it will return four villages to Azerbaijan as a result of the 8th meeting of the State Commission on the Delimitation of the State Border between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia. The announcement was shared in a press release published by Armenian state media. A spokesperson for the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the event as “historic.” A day before the agreement, Armenia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated in an interview that if the transport infrastructure is unblocked in the South Caucasus, it will become a significa ..read more
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Election Commission of India orders repolling in Manipur amid violence
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by Ojjaswini Gupta | National Law U. Sonipat, IN
17h ago
The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered repolling at 11 polling stations within the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on Saturday in response to incidents of violence during the Lok Sabha elections in Manipur. This decision follows disruptions that marred the initial voting process on Friday. The Lok Sabha elections are national elections to elect members of the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The affected polling stations, located in the Imphal East and Imphal West districts, experienced mob violence and disruptions, resulting in the destruction of Electronic Voting Machin ..read more
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Russia journalist’s home searched in probe of prominent exiled colleague
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by Daniela Pulido | Facultad de Derecho PUCP, PE
17h ago
The media outlet Fontanka.ru reported Friday that their journalist, Ksenia Klochkova, had her home searched by police in connection with a criminal investigation against journalist Andrei Zakharov. Zakharov left Russia in December 2021, having stated that he faced unprecedented surveillance after being designated as a foreign agent. Fontanka.ru indicated that on Friday around 9 a.m., an investigative commission searched Klochkova’s home for 3 hours and subsequently confiscated her electronic devices. They also stated that Klochkova is awaiting interrogation. According to Fontanka’s editor-in-c ..read more
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Italy court dismisses long-running case against migrant rescue ship crews
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by Nova Kruijning | Maastricht U. Faculty of Law, NL
19h ago
An Italian court on Friday dismissed a long-running case against the rescue ship crews of three humanitarian organizations, who previously stood accused of aiding and abetting migrant smugglers while they were helping to rescue thousands of migrants off the coast of Libya and in the Mediterranean Sea.  The court in Trapani, Sicily threw out the charges against all 10 defendants in what has become known as the “Iuventa case,” following the recommendation of the country’s public prosecutor in February, for lack of evidence and the absence of criminal activity. The thousands of migrants resc ..read more
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Northern Ireland prosecutor says 15 UK soldiers will not face perjury charges in Bloody Sunday Inquiry
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by Nova Kruijning | Maastricht U. Faculty of Law, NL
19h ago
The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (PPS) on Friday issued a decision to not prosecute 15 British soldiers on charges of perjury for allegedly providing false evidence relating to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.  After receiving an investigation file submitted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, which contained allegations of murder and attempted murder on Bloody Sunday, the PPS determined whether the available evidence was sufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction in respect of allegations that the 15 soldiers and one former IRA member had indeed given f ..read more
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UK police issues apology after officer’s ‘openly Jewish’ comment at pro-Palestine protest
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by Salma Ben Souissi | The University of Law, GB
19h ago
The UK Metropolitan Police issued an apology on Friday after one officer referred to the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) chief executive Gideon Falter as “openly Jewish” at a pro-Palestinian protest and described his presence as provacative. In a video published by the CAA, the police officer did not allow Falter to cross the road “because of the march,” and told him that his presence was provocative because he was being “openly Jewish.” Falter was wearing a kippah and the officer said he was “worried about the reaction to your presence.” The group was also told they would be arrested if t ..read more
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US congress members call on Biden to sanction Sudan RSF for human rights violations
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by Chi Wai Hu | HKU Faculty of Law, CN/HK
19h ago
United States congress members called on Friday for President Joe Biden to sanction Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and its leader, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (commonly known as Hemedti), for gross violations of human rights. Senators Benjamin Cardin and James Risch of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, together with Representatives Michael McCaul and Gregory Meeks of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote an open letter to the president. They cited the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and requested a determination of whether RSF and Hemedti have engaged in prohi ..read more
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