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Legal news from Monday, January 2, 2012
by Sarah Posner

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, and added individuals with disabilities to the list of people whose contributions are to be included in California …

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by John Paul Putney

Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama announced 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, Australia and New Zealand. Local opposition politicians and critics — often …

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by Max Slater

Myanmar President Thein Sein 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, reduced sentences of over 30 years to 30 years, those between 20 and 30 years were reduced to 20 years, and …

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