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Legal news from Tuesday, March 16, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the practice of segregating Roma minority primary school students in Croatia from other pupils is discriminatory. The court declared the practice to be in contravention of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, …

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by Sarah Miley

The Afghanistan Office of the President openly confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that the government has enacted a law providing a blanket pardon for all war crimes and human rights violations occurring before December 2001. Spokesperson Waheed Omar said that the National Stability and Reconciliation Law [RFE/RL backgrounder] was passed in 2007 by two-thirds of …

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by Ann Riley

Chinese officials on Tuesday repeated warnings to Google that even if the company decides to leave the country, it must obey Chinese laws and continue to filter search results. Spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce Yao Jian said that Google agreed to follow Chinese laws when it entered the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A judge in Sierra Leone ruled Tuesday that a woman has the right to become a regional political leader in the country. The High Court of Justice reversed a previous ban that had prevented Iye Kendor Bandabla from her birthright to compete for the position of paramount chief in her local district. The decision also upheld the …

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by Hillary Stemple

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee on Monday introduced the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, aimed at increasing financial regulation in the wake of the recent financial crisis. The bill includes a provision meant to protect consumers from predatory lending by creating a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau housed within the Federal Reserve [official …

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by Megan McKee

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the execution of Lawrence Reynolds, an Ohio inmate challenging the state's lethal injection procedure. Reynolds, who was convicted of strangling an elderly neighbor to death in 1994, asked the Supreme Court to postpone his execution in order to allow him time to assert …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Internet has experienced a 20 percent increase in militant and hate content over the past year, according to a report released on Monday by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance. The report, titled "Digital Terrorism and Hate 2010," cites to the low levels of regulation of Internet content as one of the enabling conditions …

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by Gabriela Forbes

The trial of 14 members of a neo-Nazi group, Nomad 88, opened Monday before the criminal court of Evry, in the Parisian suburbs. Founded in 2008 to "purge" the suburbs, the group gained public attention in May 2008 when three members went on a shooting spree in an area with a strong …

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by Steve Dotterer

Vietnamese authorities on Monday released a Catholic priest and leading rights activist from Hanoi prison. Father Nguyen Van Ly was released early Monday morning and has been reunited with his family in Hue. Ly had been arrested and charged in 2007 under Article 88 of Vietnam's Penal Code, which provides for the incarceration of individuals …

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