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Legal news from Thursday, May 10, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to try or release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners without delay to avoid any further risk on their health condition. The prisoners, who have been in Israeli custody, began their open-ended hunger strike two weeks ago to protest against unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit Thursday against Maricopa County, Arizona, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleging discriminatory conduct. The DOJ claims that Arpaio and his department engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminatory and unlawful law enforcement actions against Latinos. According to the …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the National Assembly of Kosovo Wednesday to remove certain provisions in the draft criminal code that they claim violate freedom of the press. In a letter, HRW claims that articles 37 and 38 of the draft code will significantly interfere with journalists' work. Article 37 allows the …

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by Max Slater

The Argentine Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that allows people who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy to have these treatments covered under their public or private health plans. The measure, known as the Gender Identity law, also allows any adult to change his or her gender or birth name on official documents without …

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by Max Slater

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay or else pay a fine of USD $12,750 per day. Rechtbank-Gravenhage, a Dutch district court, issued its ruling on Thursday in favor of Stichting Brien, …

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