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Legal news from Monday, March 26, 2012
by Matthew Shames

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our spring fund drive ends in just a few days, and we still have a lot of work to do. As previously mentioned, due to general economic circumstances completely outside of our control, we are anticipating a significant reduction in funding (meaning several tens of thousands of dollars) from our primary benefactors for our …

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by Jamie Davis

UN High Commissioner for Human RightsNavi Pillay on Monday cited enforced disappearances as one of the most heinous crimes during her opening statement to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. Pillay complimented the committee for focusing part of discussions on the effects that enforced disappearances have on women and children and expressed concern that women who are …

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by Jamie Reese

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Monday that provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes' ability to protect themselves while others are not a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The specific provisions involved, § 210, § 212 and § 213, prohibit the keeping of a …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Slovenians voted in a national referendum on Sunday against amendments to the country's family law that would have increased the rights granted to same-sex couples. The proposed Family Code passed the Slovenian Parliament last year under former prime minister Borut Pahor and would have given registered same-sex partnerships the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Florida v. Harris [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether an alert by a well-trained narcotics detection dog certified to detect illegal contraband is sufficient to establish probable cause for the search of a vehicle. The Florida Supreme Court held, "the fact that a …

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by Sarah Posner

Israel announced Monday that the country will sever ties to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after it commenced an international investigation into Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced this decision on Monday, adding that Israel will continue to work with other UN bodies. The …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday for the beginning of his trial on terrorism charges. The hearing before the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court occurred in a courtroom at the Silivri prison, where Basbug has been held since January. Basbug, formerly the leader of all of Turkey's …

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by Sarah Posner

Human rights groups commenced legal action on Monday urging South African courts to prosecute citizens of Zimbabwe for crimes against humanity. Rights group claim that South Africa has an obligation under international law to bring justice to those who commit human rights violations. If South African courts allow claims against Zimbabwe citizens to proceed, the courts could …

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