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Legal news from Thursday, September 6, 2012
by Keith Herting

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Cambodia's UN-supported war crimes tribunal, announced Thursday that it would declassify more than 1,700 documents including "victims' 'confessions' and biographies, witness statements, transcripts of in camera hearings, and rogatory letters." The documents being declassified are those which were part of "Case 001" which resulted in …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Fair Trade Commission of Korea (KFTC) on Thursday said that South Korean regulators are investigating an Apple complaint alleging that Samsung Electronics is unfairly competing in the market to the disadvantage of its competitors. The antitrust claim avers that Samsung is breaching fair trade laws by abusing its dominance in wireless technology …

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by Brandon Gatto

Government officials from both the US and Afghanistan have said that the American military will maintain control over foreign detainees at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan for the indefinite future, and will also continue holding and screening newly captured Afghans. According to the New York Times, America's commitment to the control and …

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by Keith Herting

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three proposed constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot during the November election. The court's decision outlined four proposed amendments, approving three of them for general approval by the voters. The three approved measures include a union-backed measure to amend the state constitution to include a right to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Canadian authorities received documents and materials about Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee and convict Omar Khadr from US authorities on Wednesday and will now consider whether he can be transferred into Canadian custody. A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told reporters that he will review the documents and make …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Chinese government to halt the deportation of Myanmar refugees. In a letter sent to the Chinese Minister of Foreign affairs, the rights group said that the return of at least 4,000 ethnic Kachin refugees from Myanmar is a violation of international law. HRW dismissed claims by the …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the government of Pakistan on Wednesday to ensure that minority Shia Muslims in Pakistan are protected from attacks by Sunni militant groups. HRW noted that attacks against Shia communities have increased recently and that 320 Shia have been killed in targeted attacks in 2012. HRW Asia …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US constitution when it seized and destroyed the abandoned property of homeless people. The plaintiffs were several homeless people whose possessions were seized by the city and …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

During the administration of former US president George W. Bush, the US government tortured opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and transferred them to Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced in a report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Delivered Into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Wednesday upheld a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law that requires law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the US illegally. …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider a case in which it decided last month that police use of GPS tracking on a person's cell phone is not an illegal search under the Fourth Amendment …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The International Labor Organization (ILO) announced Wednesday that the Convention on Domestic Workers (CDW), which states that workers who manage families and households for a living should be guaranteed the same labor rights as all other workers, will go into effect next year following ratification by the Philippines. The CDW was adopted …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, sitting en banc on Wednesday, ruled that Minnesota's disclosure requirement law for political contributions is unconstitutional, reversing an earlier decision by a three-judge panel. The law reaches nearly all associations and requires that all donations for political purposes require record-keeping and disclosure. The court …

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