Australia state bans use of spit hoods on detainees following death of Indigenous man in custody

The Australian state of South Australia Thursday became the first jurisdiction in the country to formally ban the use of spit hoods on detainees. A spit hood is a mesh-fabric face covering that is fixed to an individual’s neck. The device is used in prisons, immigration detention centers and mental health facilities. The legislation, known… Read More »

UK government to impose tougher penalties on climate activists obstructing roads

Boris Johnson’s government announced Sunday its intention to introduce tougher penalties against protesters who obstruct roads and motorways, including up to six months in prison. The changes are being made in response to the activities of Insulate Britain, a group of climate change activists seeking a nationwide program to insulate homes in Britain in order… Read More »

Federal judge blocks Biden administration from using public health protections to expel migrants

The US District Court for the District of Columbia issued Thursday a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from using Title 42 public health protections to expel migrant families at the border. Title 42 allows US Border Patrol and Customs to prohibit individuals who potentially pose a health risk from entering the country. Both the… Read More »

European organizations urge Poland to change definition of rape and stop restricting press freedom

Several European organizations on Thursday called upon Poland to make changes to the legal definition of rape and condemned attacks on media and the free press. The Council of Europe praised recent reforms allowing law enforcement to temporarily evict domestic abusers, but said that Poland should “align” its definition of rape with the requirements of… Read More »

Hong Kong Tiananmen Square vigil organizer denied bail on national security law charges

Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court denied the bail request of a pro-democracy group’s vice-chairwoman on Friday, after her arrest early last week. Chow Hang Tung, the vice-chairwoman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (Alliance), had been instrumental in the organization of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil, commemorating… Read More »

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