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Legal news from Tuesday, August 31, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the Rwandan government to review its "genocide ideology" and "sectarianism" laws, which they say are being used to stifle freedom of speech and expression in the country. The laws were first enacted following the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where hate speech and propaganda …

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by Sarah Miley

The lower house of the Tasmanian Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Relationships Act of 2003, recognizing same-sex marriages and civil unions registered in foreign countries and other Australian states. The amendment was aimed at ending discrimination against same-sex couples and was supported by all but three representatives …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Indian Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will reconsider a 1996 ruling allowing former employees of US chemical producer Union Carbide accused in relation to the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster to be charged with negligence instead of culpable homicide. Seven men were convicted in June on charges …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Federal judges responsible for handling Social Security disability claims and immigration hearings are petitioning for increased security measures after data released Monday shows they have been the targets of numerous threats. According to the report released by the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ) and the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), security risks …

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by Zach Zagger

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the US government's authority to conduct "targeted killings" against suspected terrorists. The ACLU and CCR allege that US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, suspected of being a member of al Qaeda in Yemen, was placed …

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