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  • Mississippi’s abortion ban was struck down by federal court 21 February 2020
    Mississippi’s Heartbeat Abortion Ban was struck down by the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision on Thursday.  The controversial “Heartbeat Abortion Ban” would ban abortions occurring after 6 weeks of pregnancy.  Despite national outcry, the ban was signed in to law by Gov. Phil Bryant on March 21, 2019. Since the Governor’s signature, the ban has been […]
  • Amnesty requests meeting with Mexico president to discuss human rights crisis 21 February 2020
    Human rights organization Amnesty International sent an open letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday, requesting a meeting to discuss solutions to the country’s current human rights crisis. For more than 40 years, Amnesty has reported on human rights violations in Mexico. Since the inauguration of the current president, there have been […]
  • Iran court upholds sentences for environmental activists 21 February 2020
    An Iranian Revolutionary court on Wednesday upheld the sentences of eight environmental advocates accused of spying for the US. The conservationists—six men and two women, including American citizen Morad Tahbaz—received jail sentences of four to 10 years. Human Rights Watch criticized the judgment, stating that there was no evidence to support the convictions and sentences. […]
  • Florida lawmakers pass bill requiring minors to receive parental consent for abortions 21 February 2020
    Florida lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would require minors to receive parental consent before they obtain abortions. This bill would prohibit physicians from performing abortions for a minor without the written consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. In the case of abortions that arise in emergencies, the physician is required to […]
  • Pakistan Attorney General resigns amid pressure from bar council 21 February 2020
    Pakistan’s Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned Thursday after facing pressure from lawyer associations over controversial statements about the supreme court bench. The controversial statements were expunged from court records. Khan reportedly made the statements while representing the federal government in a case against Justice Faez Isa before the supreme court. Isa is on trial […]
  • Federal appeals court rules changes to Florida’s voter signature law nullify challenge 21 February 2020
    The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Florida legislature’s changes to the state’s signature match voting law nullify the challenge brought by Bill Nelson regarding his run for US Senate. Nelson, along with the Florida Democratic Executive Committee, challenged Florida’s law which detailed the process for rectifying mismatched voter […]
  • Germany Cabinet approves bill for social medial platforms to report hate speech to authorities 21 February 2020
    The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would require major social media platforms to report hate speech to the police. Under the current legislation, the 2018 Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), platforms such as Facebook are obliged to remove illegal content within 24 hours, otherwise they would be faced with fines up to 50 […]
  • Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison 21 February 2020
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday sentenced Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, to 40 months in prison. Stone was convicted last year of witness tampering and giving false statements to Congress in relation to investigations of Russian election interference. The circumstances […]
  • ICC rejects appeal from accused Islamic militant 20 February 2020
    The International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Al Hassan, an Islamic militant from Mali, that his charges were not severe enough to justify action in the ICC. According to a judgment summary, the court found that there was sufficient initial validity for the charges of war crimes and crimes against […]
  • Federal judge allows South Carolina lawsuit over offshore drilling to proceed 20 February 2020
    A federal judge issued an order Tuesday allowing a case filed by South Carolina against the Trump administration over seismic testing for offshore oil exploration to proceed. Judge Richard Gergel dismissed several of South Carolina’s legal arguments but allowed the case to proceed under their claim that Trump’s executive order authorizing the exploration exceeded his […]