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Bill Would Have Criminalized Wide Range of Peaceful Expression

In a win for online freedom in Iraq, the Iraqi parliament has said it will stop pushing forward a cybercrimes draft law until after it is amended so that it protects rather than infringes upon free speech. As it stood, the law would have allowed Iraqi…
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Widespread Impunity Perpetuates Police Violence in Brazilian State

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Activists and relatives of victims shout slogans and demand justice the day after a deadly police operation in the Jacarezinho favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 7, 2021.
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Dominic Ongwen’s Status as Child Victim Factors into Punishment

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Dominic Ongwen at his confirmation of charges hearing in ICC courtroom I on 21 January 2016 © ICC-CPI.
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More Needed to Address Climate Threat

This spring, First Nations in northern Ontario are facing another challenging hunting season. Charles Hookimaw, lands and resources director at Attawapiskat First Nation, told us that warmer, wetter weather culminating in an early spring melt made it…
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The US Withdrawal, Drops in Foreign Aid, and Health Care for Women and Girls

When the United States announced in April that it would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan, it raised concerns the move would come with cuts in development assistance. Yet dwindling foreign investment has already left Afghanistan’s government with…
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Draft Law Criminalizes Consensual Sex, Lets Down Assault Survivors

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Brenda, a Ugandan transgender woman, was arrested and assaulted by police in the wake of the passage of Uganda’s 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Activists fear that the passage of the Sexual Offences Bill will similarly lead to anti-LGBT violence.