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Legal news from Monday, January 2, 2012

[JURIST] On Sunday, January 1, 2012, a number of new state laws took effect ranging from abortion, gay rights, immigration and more. California became the first state to require public schools to teach the positive contributions of gays and lesbians [AP report], and added individuals with disabilities to the list … [read more]

[JURIST] Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile] announced [text] Sunday that the nation's state of emergency laws will be lifted this week to facilitate a nationwide consultation process for a new constitution. The announcement was cautiously welcomed by longtime regional critics [Sydney Morning Herald report], Australia … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar President Thein Sein [BBC backgrounder] signed a clemency order on Monday that shortens sentences for many prisoners on humanitarian grounds in celebration of Myanmar's independence day. The presidential order commuted death sentences to life imprisonment [AP report], reduced sentences of over 30 years to 30 years, those between … [read more]

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