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Legal news from Friday, October 1, 2010
by Zach Zagger

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine ruled Friday that a 2004 law that transferred powers from the presidency to parliament was unconstitutional, ordering the powers be restored to the president. The ruling invalidates the reforms passed at the height of the Orange revolution and strengthens the presidency now held by pro-Moscow leader Viktor Yanukovych …

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by Brian Jackson

The UN on Friday released a report on war crimes and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report, originally expected to be released in September, lists 617 of the most serious violations of human rights, including violence against children, genocide and mass rape, committed between 1993 and 2003. The report …

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by Matt Glenn

US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 Wednesday, which, if passed would greatly change US immigration law. The bill incorporates previously proposed legislation, including the AgJOBS Act, which would allow some undocumented workers to work on US …

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by Megan McKee

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted resolutions Thursday establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur for freedom of association and assembly. The Special Rapporteur will be responsible for reporting on how nations promote freedom of association and peaceful assembly during a three-year period. In adopting the resolution, the UNHRC urged all nations to respect …

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by Megan McKee

Dutch politician Geert Wilders said Thursday that the Netherlands will ban the burqa and other full Islamic veils as part of the government's plan to form a minority coalition. The Liberals and Christian Democrats (CDA) must make concessions to Wilders' anti-Islamic Freedom Party in order to …

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by Daniel Makosky

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday announced new guidelines intended to increase the safety of offshore drilling. The Drilling Safety Rule addresses specifications for and oversight of flow control mechanisms and well bore integrity, while the Workplace Safety Rule mandates the implementation of a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) designed …

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