Pakistan passes transgender equality law

Pakistan passes transgender equality law

On May 9th, Pakistan passed a law to guarantee the basic rights of transgender people in the country. According to the bill, the purpose of the law is “to provide for protection, relief and rehabilitation of rights of the transgender persons and their welfare and for matters connected therewith and...

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Rohingya Crisis Continues

Rohingya Crisis Continues

On May 7, the Pre-Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) invited Bangladesh authorities to submit observations on whether the court should exercise jurisdiction on “circumstances surrounding the presence of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar on the territory of Bangladesh” and on the possibility of the Court...

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World Press Freedom Day sees press freedom in decline

World Press Freedom Day sees press freedom in decline

In December of 1993, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that May 3rd would be World Press Freedom Day. This came following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a...

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Israel shows ‘conclusive proof’ of an Iranian nuclear weapons program

Israel shows ‘conclusive proof’ of an Iranian nuclear weapons program

On April 30th, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed what he claimed was ‘conclusive proof’ of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. The documents, which have yet to be independently verified, detail what the Prime Minister called ‘Project Amad’. The documents showed, among other things, the blueprints for a nuclear...

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Gaza deaths: Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says

Gaza deaths: Israel must address excessive use of force, Zeid says

U.N. high commissioner for human rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on Israel to avoid excessive force as protesters gathered for a fifth week of demonstrations. In a press release on Friday, 27th of April, the High Commissioner also called for those responsible for the deaths and injuries...

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Kuwait expels Philippines Ambassador

Kuwait expels Philippines Ambassador

On April 25th, Kuwait gave a one-week deadline for the Philippines ambassador to leave the oil-rich Gulf Arab nation over an ongoing diplomatic dispute between the two nations over the treatment of Filipino migrant workers. According to state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Kuwait has also recalled its own ambassador from...

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Nicaragua: The situation so far

Nicaragua: The situation so far

Since they began on April 18th, massive protests and rioting continues in Nicaragua even after activists defeated the proposed social security reforms which triggered the demonstrations. The demonstrations swelled after a harsh police crackdown, censorship of the media, and the death of a journalist. Accused of trying to build a...

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Controversial Armenian Prime Minister announces resignation amid growing protests

Controversial Armenian Prime Minister announces resignation amid growing protests

Newly appointed Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan, facing mass demonstrations has announced his resignation today after tens of thousands took to the streets, blocking roads and staging sit-ins over the course of 11 days demanding his resignation. Sargsyan was president of Armenia for ten years which saw Armenia’s economic situation worsen...

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Colorado Lawmakers seek to jail teachers amidst multi-state walkouts

Colorado Lawmakers seek to jail teachers amidst multi-state walkouts

As a wave of teacher strikes sweeps across the United States, Colorado lawmakers are introducing legislation to prohibit an upcoming public school teacher strike. State teachers are joining others in Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma to strike for an increase in education funding. SB18-264 prohibits public school teachers and teacher organizations...

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Google bans crypto-mining browser extensions

Google bans crypto-mining browser extensions

Google have added more salt to the cryptocurrency wounds as the US tech giant moved to ban cryptocurrency mining browser extensions from its Chrome store. The decision, made in early April, will mean that as of July, it will begin to remove existing browser extensions that facilitate mining. Other blockchain-related...

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