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14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] adopted its first ever Human Rights Declaration [text, PDF] at their annual summit on Sunday. The agreement has been widely criticized [UN News report] by human rights groups who expressed concern that the agreement allows for violations and does not [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the UN Security Council [official website] condemned [press release] a series of guerrilla attacks by M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This came after the most recent attack by the group in the eastern region of the DRC [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Several members of the US House of Representatives [official website] sent a letter [text, PDF] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday urging the federal government to respect recently passed state legislation on marijuana use. The representatives asked the DOJ and its subdivision, the Drug Enforcement Agency [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday accused Myanmar's government and security forces [press release] of being complicit in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in October that forced 35,000 people from their homes. Based on satellite imagery of Muslim communities in Myanmar's Arakan State, HRW claimed that in some [read more]

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