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Legal news from Friday, October 23, 2009
by Sarah Miley

The Supreme Court of Israel on Thursday ruled against a military order prohibiting Palestinians from traveling on a central West Bank road. Finding in favor of a petition submitted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the court held that impeding the rights of several …

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by Patrice Collins

The US House Financial Services Committee voted 39-29 Thursday to approve a bill that would create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The agency would regulate mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer credit instruments. Businesses that offer financial services such as car and home mortgage loans would be monitored by agency authorities. Although …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The office of Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus issued a brief statement Friday indicating that a proposal from the Swedish presidency of the EU satisfies demands Klaus has made for an opt-out on the bloc's Treaty of Lisbon. Klaus is seeking an opt-out clause that …

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by Zach Zagger

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced Friday the establishment of a new commission on human rights for the region. The body will be known as the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and was introduced by Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at the annual ASEAN three-day summit in …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UN Special Rapporteur for North Korea Vitit Muntarbhorn on Thursday criticized the country's "abysmal" and ongoing human rights violations in an independent report submitted to the UN General Assembly. Muntarbhorn said that the authoritarian government was responsible for various abuses, including torture, public executions, extensive surveillance, media censorship, women's rights …

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by Brian Jackson

The French Constitutional Council on Thursday approved a controversial Internet piracy law that would restrict access to individuals who use the Internet to violate intellectual property laws. The bill was approved by the French Parliament in September. Under the so-called "three strikes" law, the French government could …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Treasury Department on Thursday released a series of rulings that would restrict executive compensation at institutions that received special assistance from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Among the changes are a cash cap on compensation of $500,000 per year for most relevant employees, immediate vesting of stock options for those paid …

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by Ximena Marinero

The US Senate on Thursday voted 68-29 to approve a bill that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is part of a $681 billion military appropriations conference report …

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by Ximena Marinero

Sri Lanka must investigate reports of human rights violations and war crimes during the last months of the internal armed civil conflict by both government and rebel forces and prosecute those responsible, the US Department of State (DOS) urged Thursday. The statement from DOS spokesperson Ian Kelly came the same day the DOS released …

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