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Legal news from Friday, February 1, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

A group of UN human rights experts on Friday urged Russian lawmakers to reject proposed legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Independent experts joined with UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, human rights defense, cultural rights and the right to health to caution legislators in the Russian State Duma …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Obama administration issued a new rule on Friday detailing a broader exemption to the contraception mandate, allowing for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance coverage for birth control to opt out of the requirement. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted in 2010, requires employer-provided health care [Bloomberg …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A police officer in Bahrain has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for fatally shooting a protester during pro-democracy protests that gripped country in February 2011, according to Bahrain's State News Agency (BNA). Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigation Unit Nawaf Abdullah Hamza told BNA that a criminal court in Bahrain determined the policeman …

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by Max Slater

The UN top women's rights advocate on Friday denounced escalating violence against women in Egypt. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women expressed particular concern about a recent protest in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, in which 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted. In her statement, Bachelet urged Egypt's …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking USD $130.4 million in donations to compensate for a budget shortfall that has been ongoing for three years, according to a recent statement by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. "Our budget for 2013 has already been reduced by 12 …

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by Max Slater

The Arkansas Senate approved a bill by a vote of 26-8 on Thursday that would prohibit abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as five weeks into the pregnancy. The bill, known as the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, would also require women to undergo a vaginal probe to …

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by Sarah Posner

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for an investigation into summary executions by Mali forces backed by the French. HRW alleges that the Malian government has summarily executed 13 suspected Islamist supporters and forcibly disappeared an additional five. The executions by Malian authorities came after Islamist armed groups reportedly executed seven Malian forces and used …

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by Sarah Posner

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday rejected a request by Apple to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone based on allegations of willful patent infringements. The Federal Circuit rejected Apple's request to have the entire court reconsider imposing a ban Samsung's smartphone before trial commences in …

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by Sung Un Kim

A military judge on Thursday ordered the removal of any monitoring system that censors the public broadcast of the 9/11 military commission hearings. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay Colonel James Pohl noted that only he and the court security officer have the authority to turn on or off the light …

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