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Legal news from Sunday, June 5, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

US President Barack Obama has been urged to stop deportations to Haiti on humanitarian grounds. More than 3,000 Americans signed a letter sent to the president on Thursday, claiming that deportees are immediately imprisoned upon return to Haiti and can suffer illness-related deaths as a result of the unsanitary and inhumane conditions of the jails. …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A report by UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo has said that there is a continued prevalence of violence and discriminatory treatment of women in the US, with a heightened impact on poor, minority and immigrant women. The 28-page report, delivered Wednesday, says the US has taken some positive steps with the passage of the …

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by Dan Taglioli

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday expressed concern over the arrests of dozens of civilians by Libyan opposition authorities. HRW called on the National Transitional Council (NTC), the opposition ruling body in Libya with de facto control over eastern Libya, to provide civilian detainees with full due process rights, access to counsel, and the ability …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Connecticut Senate on Saturday voted 20-16 to pass a bill that provides protection for gender identity under the state's existing anti-discrimination laws. An Act Concerning Discrimination alters existing law by including "gender identity or expression" as a protected trait for all persons with regard to employment, public accommodations, the sale or …

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