Brazil's top court on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a congressional inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic under President Jair Bolsonaro. With 10 votes to 1, the Supreme Federal Court (STF) gave its approval of the investigation after it received support from over a third of lawmakers. "Denying the right to install the commission if the requirements are met harms the right of the parliamentary minority," the STF said in a statement following the ruling. Watch video 01:52 Share Brazil's COVID-19 deaths soar Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3rics Brazil's COVID-19 death toll soars amid new variants The probe was launched by Brazil's Senate on Tuesday. It is a political headache for Bolsonaro who is already facing rising disapproval ratings as Brazil suffers one of the highest COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Brazil’s Supreme Court greenlights probe into Bolsonaro’s COVID-19 response
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El Salvador parliament on Sunday dismissed the attorney general and top judges it deemed hostile to the country's populist President Nayib Bukele. The move by the legislative body, newly controlled by the president's party, sparked a political crisis and drew international criticism. The five ousted judges were the most powerful jurists on the 15-member court. The body is among the few remaining checks on Bukele's rule. Ruling party lawmakers accused the judges and prosecutor of lacking independence and impeding the government's strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Clearing our house' Bukele insisted that the dismissals were justified. "With all due respect, we're clearing our house and this isn't your responsibility," the 39-year-old Bukele said, explicitly addressing "the international community." The sacked judges said the parliament's move was an unconstitutional attack on democracy. They were immediately replaced, and police were called in to escort the … [Read more...] about El Salvador lawmakers sack top prosecutor, Supreme Court judges
As countless patients are rushed to hospitals in the face of India's deadly second coronavirus wave, the country's judiciary has taken a collective step towards holding national and state governments to account for their woeful response to the pandemic. The issues most commonly brought before the courts include shortages of oxygen and other life-saving drugs. Recently, the Bombay and Delhi High Courts intervened to tackle overcharging by private hospitals and clinics, and to ensure the supply of oxygen to hospitals, and the availability of antiviral drugs. Watch video 12:01 Share India's out-of-control COVID-19 outbreak Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3sxVn COVID-19 Special: India's out-of-control outbreak "Enough is enough. If you cannot manage it, tell us, then we will ask the central government to send their … [Read more...] about COVID: Indian courts demand government accountability
LOCATED just off the coast of France but attached to the British Crown, Jersey is the biggest of all the Channel Islands. Here's all you need to know about the island, including its population and relationship with the UK. Where is Jersey? Jersey is a small island in the English Channel located in the Bay of St Malo. It sits just 19 miles off the French coast and is also 85 miles from the south coast of England. The whole island is just five miles long and nine miles wide and is made up of 12 parishes, with the capital city being St Helier. The main language of Jersey is English and it is a British Crown Dependency. Is Jersey part of the UK? Jersey is officially a British Crown Dependency that forms part of the British Isles, but is not classed as being part of the UK. The island is self-governing, meaning it has its own banking and legal systems as well as its own courts of law. The government of the island is called the States Assembly and is made up of 49 … [Read more...] about Is Jersey part of the UK?
TWO Navy vessels located off Jersey will return to Britain after French fishermen protesting over post-Brexit fishing rights stood down. A Government spokeswoman yesterday said Britain remains on standby to provide any assistance Jersey requests over the escalating standoff with France. They said: "The (Brexit) Trade and Cooperation Agreement brought in changes to fishing arrangements between the UK and the EU. Jersey authorities have a right to regulate fisheries in their waters under this agreement and we support them in exercising those rights." The British warships arrived off the UK island to protect it from the threat of a French blockade. Around 100 French fishing vessels began arriving at the island just after 6am on Thursdsy and some on board were setting off flares as a huge row developed over post-Brexit fishing rights. But after the Royal Navy was sent to Jersey, the French Navy scrambled its own warships to the scene ahead of a tense stand-off. … [Read more...] about Jersey live updates – Navy prepares to return to UK after French stand down as Boris Johnson vows to protect island