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Legal news from Friday, February 15, 2013
by Addison Morris

The Kenyan government is being sued for police brutality in the violence that followed the country's 2007 presidential election. The suit has been brought against the government by the families of seven victims and eight wounded survivors, along with four human rights groups. According to the suit, unlawful orders were given to police, who …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UN confirmed on Friday that a four-person team was on the ground in Mali to investigate potential violations of humanitarian law. According to Cecile Pouilly, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the fact-finding mission will investigate allegations of retaliatory violence. In January British and US militaries provided logistical support …

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by Samuel Franklin

A German court on Thursday ruled for Facebook in a challenge over the social networking website's policy requiring users to register with their real names. The Independent Center for Privacy Protection, known in Germany as the ULD, brought the suit against the Palo Alto, California-based company alleging violation of …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Lawyers for Pennsylvania and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) on Friday reached an accord allowing state residents to vote in upcoming primary and special elections without submitting identification. According to media sources, voters will be asked to present ID, but may decline to do so. The temporary agreement extends an October ruling …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized Bangladesh on Thursday for offering retroactive amendments that change war crime laws to allow plaintiffs to appeal verdicts delivered by the nation's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT). The amendments were approved in response to days of protests that ensued after Abdul Quader Mollah, the leader of …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The UN has called on the de facto authorities of the disputed region of Transnistria "to address the deeply rooted problems identified in the report and to fully implement its recommendations, including the development of a plan of action for human rights." According to the UN's first human rights report on the contested …

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by Max Slater

An Australian court ruled Friday that an American biotech company can patent a human gene linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The Federal Court of Australia held that Myriad Genetics, a US biotech firm, could patent the gene BRCA1 because the gene is not natural, but rather the product of human intervention. …

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by Sarah Posner

The Illinois State Senate on Thursday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The senate voted 34-21 to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois. The bill, referred to as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, was passed largely on party lines with only one …

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