Day: October 28, 2020

Human rights body fears ‘paralysis’ of Polish ombudsman

A leading international human rights body is expressing concern about a “risk of paralysis” of the institution of the human rights commissioner, or ombudsman, in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — A leading international human rights body expressed concern Monday about a “risk of paralysis” in the institution of the human rights commissioner, or ombudsman,

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Families of deceased sexual assault victims would need court order to speak out under Victoria law

The families of deceased sexual assault victims would need a court order to speak publicly about what happened to their loved ones under a new bill introduced to the Victorian parliament.



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The legislation, to be debated this week, seeks to fix botched laws enacted in February that gagged assault survivors from publicly talking about their experiences without a court order.

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However, the bill will also

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Misinformation And Conspiracy Theories Can Spread In COVID-19 Patient Groups : Shots

Patient groups on social media are fighting COVID-19 misinformation.

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Patient groups on social media are fighting COVID-19 misinformation.

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For decades, people struggling with illnesses of all kinds have sought help in online support groups, and during 2020, such groups have been in high demand for COVID-19 patients, who often must recover in isolation.

But the fear and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus have

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