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Legal news from Friday, February 17, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The UN General Assembly voted on Thursday to condemn Syria through a non-binding resolution. The resolution supports a plan advanced by the Arab League that aims to bring the situation in Syria to a close as quickly as possible by encouraging President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile; …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Canada Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal from Catholic parents who hoped to exempt their children from attending religious courses as part of a mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture Program (ERCP) in Quebec. The parents argued that the courses would teach their children things contrary to their own religious values, and had …

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by Matthew Pomy

Human Rights Watch (HRW) demanded Thursday that China release Tibetan prisoners that were captured while travelling and are now being forced into political re-education camps. The exact number of those detained is not known, but it is thought to be several hundred. Those detained had gone to India to hear the teachings of …

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by Matthew Pomy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for Iran to prove its commitment to not seeking nuclear weapons after giving remarks at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on Friday. The CTBT bans the testing of nuclear weapons internationally, but it will not come into force until it is ratified …

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by Sung Un Kim

The New Jersey State Assembly voted 42-33 on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, who sponsored the bill, indicated that she was proud the legislature was able to use the legislative process to represent all of the citizens of the state. The approved legislation [Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act, …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Indian Supreme Court is set to hear additional arguments on Friday in a case challenging a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling decriminalizing homosexual intercourse. Anti-gay activists argue that homosexual sex is banned under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes unnatural "carnal intercourse." In response, the court questioned whether …

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by Michael Haggerson

Carlos Perez, one of four El Universo managers convicted of libel against Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, was granted asylum by Panama on Thursday. El Universo is the second largest newspaper in Ecuador. Two of the four men, Cesar and Nicolas Perez, have already fled to Miami. The …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday sentenced Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to life imprisonment for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. The 25-year old Nigerian national, who has been linked to al Qaeda, unsuccessfully attempted to detonate an underwear bomb while on Northwest …

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