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Legal news from Thursday, January 31, 2013
by Jerry Votava

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ALCUM) on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan challenging the state's "Freedom to Work" legislation. The ACLUM was joined by various labor unions, including the AFL-CIO. The suit claims that while the legislation was debated and passed, the …

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by Daniel Mullen

Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday released and deported Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan after nine months of detention. Quan was arrested on terrorism charges for planning protests in support of a banned group of US exiles, the Viet Tan. He was released following diplomatic pressure from the US. Vietnam and the US have …

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by Daniel Mullen

A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans for inciting self-immolation according to a Thursday report from Xinhua, China's state news agency. The two men were charged with intentional homicide after inciting and coercing eight people to self-immolate, three of whom ultimately died. Lorang Konchok was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and has been …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the chief of the National Accountability Bureau, the government's anti-corruption agency, to appear before the tribunal in regard to a letter he wrote that criticizes the court's judges. The letter, written by retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, apparently accuses the …

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by Brandon Gatto

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday adopted the first report by the International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory which concluded that a multitude of violations have occurred. Titled "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan," UN …

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by Sung Un Kim

Israeli forces should cease its use of live ammunition against civilians that may constitute excessive use of force, according to a statement released on Wednesday by UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley. He expressed concern over the increasing number of civilians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. It was reported that since …

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by Matthew Pomy

A Moscow City Court on Wednesday denied an appeal by Russian feminist rock group Pussy Riot, continuing a ban on the group's videos from the Internet. The court deemed the band's videos questioning the role of religion in Russian government "extremist." Critics claim that the ban is violating the …

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by Matthew Pomy

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Wednesday that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional. Judge John Corbett O'Meara found that last year's Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory life sentences for juveniles constituted cruel and unusual …

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by Addison Morris

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Hungary violated the European Convention on Human Rights by discriminating against Roma children and wrongly placing them in remedial schools. Istvan Horvath and Andras Kiss, two Roma men from the town of Nyiregyhaza, filed their claim 2006, stating that …

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