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Legal news from Friday, July 22, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama on Friday certified the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], the controversial policy barring openly gay individuals from serving in the military. The repeal was also certified by newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and …

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by Julia Zebley

The Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana (CEPEHRG) warned Friday that the nation is on the verge of an "anti-gay hate campaign," following reports of government-endorsed anti-gay sentiments. A spokesperson for the CEPEHRG said that the nation's largely underground LGBT community is in a panic over recent remarks by Western Region Minister Paul …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) in conjunction with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Friday accusing soldiers in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) of committing mass rape in last summer's conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) [BBC …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) "proxy access" rule. The rule allowed certain shareholders to have their board nominees listed on company-mailed proxy ballots that also list the management's preferred candidates. Otherwise, the shareholders would incur the costs of …

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by Julia Zebley

Following Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez's resignation in April, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) charged 111 officials who served under him with corruption on Thursday. Sixty-seven were charged with fraud while others were charged with varying offenses including falsifying documents, theft, interfering with administration of justice, misusing public …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A North Dakota judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction against a state law that effectively bans non-surgical abortions. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a complaint challenging the North Dakota and seeking an injunction on Monday. The law restricts the use of mifepristone, misoprostol …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A proposed Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law would allow authorities to prosecute anti-government protestors, Amnesty International (AI) announced Friday. AI revealed that the Draft Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing of Terrorism seeks to punish those who "question the integrity of the King or Crown Prince," with minimum penalties amounting to 10 …

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by Julia Zebley

Goran Hadzic was extradited to The Hague on Friday, where he now awaits trial for war crimes. Hadzic was the last fugitive of the original 161 sought for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and was arrested earlier this week. Hadzic waived his …

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by Michael Haggerson

Ohio voters will decide whether to repeal a law limiting the collective bargaining rights of state workers after opponents of the bill gathered 915,456 signatures Thursday, almost 700,000 more than the required 231,147 signatures. The bill was passed in March, but will not go into effect until it survives the public …

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