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Legal news from Tuesday, July 17, 2012
by Dan Taglioli

Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPA) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona Monday against Arizona state officials to enjoin enforcement of a new state law that would block funding for PPA's health clinics because PPA also performs abortions. The new law, signed in May by Governor Jan Brewer, would bar …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Monday on whether US courts could hear foreign nationals' challenges to their detention by the US military at Bagram Air Force Base (Bagram) in Afghanistan. District Judge John Bates asked petitioners what conditions had changed since his ruling three …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to respect international standards of due process during the appeal in the case of Floribert Chebeya, a Congolese human rights defender who was murdered in 2010. She noted that …

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by Dan Taglioli

An elderly New York woman petitioned the US Supreme Court on Monday to hear her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edith Schlain Windsor, 83, successfully sued the US government in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which in June ruled …

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by Sung Un Kim

An anti-terrorism court judge in Pakistan ruled Tuesday that a report compiled by a nine-member judiciary committee, which includes statements of the witnesses in India, could not be used in cases related to the 2008 Mumai terror attacks because defendants were denied their right to cross-examination. The anti-terrorist court held that …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported Monday that turnover from transnational organized criminal networks is estimated to be around $870 billion a year. With the statement, the UNODC launched its global awareness-raising campaign with the purpose of informing the public about the economic costs and human impact associated with the …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday urged member states to consider proposals to strengthen the world's human rights treaty body system. At an informal meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, Pillay said that the treaty body system represents "one of the greatest achievements in the history of the global struggle for …

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by Dan Taglioli

Romanian interim president Crin Antonescu signed a law Monday requiring that at least 50 percent of the electorate turn out for the July 29 national referendum to decide whether suspended president Traian Basescu should be ousted from the presidency. Basescu was impeached earlier this month by a 256-114 vote …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Omani court on Monday sentenced six human rights activists to between 12 and 18 months in prison for social media posts that were deemed to be slander against the country's ruler, a defense lawyer said on Tuesday. Badr al-Bahri announced that he will appeal the verdict against his clients who have paid 1,000 Omani rials (USD …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Constitutional Court of Hungary on Monday ruled that a new law lowering the mandatory retirement age for the country's judges is unconstitutional. The court held that the new law, which lowered the retirement age from 70 to 62 years resulting in sudden retirement of hundreds of judges, endangered the independence …

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by Dan Taglioli

The next hearing for alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four codefendants was postponed on Monday to avoid a conflict with the last 10 days of Ramadan. The chief judge of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals granted the delay to move the hearing from August 8-12 to August 22-26 so …

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by Sung Un Kim

Hungarian authorities on Monday announced plans to investigate into whether a former Nazi resides in the country's capital amid demands by various rights groups to prosecute the war criminal. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, has submitted new evidence to the Budapest prosecution …

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by Jamie Reese

The Russian State Duma on Friday approved a bill that enforces tougher restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive international funding as well as re-criminalizes the offenses of libel and slander. The bill requires any NGOs that receive any type of foreign funding and engage in political activity …

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by Jamie Reese

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday rejected a clemency bid by death row inmate Warren Hill who was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. The board gave no insight into its decision but acknowledged that Hill had exhausted his …

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