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Legal news from Sunday, November 18, 2012
by Matthew Pomy

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted its first ever Human Rights Declaration at their annual summit on Sunday. The agreement has been widely criticized by human rights groups who expressed concern that the agreement allows for violations and does not do enough to protect fundamental rights. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck …

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by Matthew Pomy

In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the UN Security Council condemned a series of guerrilla attacks by M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This came after the most recent attack by the group in the eastern region of the DRC as they advance to Goma. The Security Council called for …

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by Max Slater

Several members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday urging the federal government to respect recently passed state legislation on marijuana use. The representatives asked the DOJ and its subdivision, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to refrain from prosecuting individuals and businesses …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday accused Myanmar's government and security forces of being complicit in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in October that forced 35,000 people from their homes. Based on satellite imagery of Muslim communities in Myanmar's Arakan State, HRW claimed that in some cases, Myanmar soldiers destroyed Rohingya homes and committed violence against …

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