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Legal news from Saturday, April 6, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Portugal's Constitutional Court ruled that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva for the court to determine whether retirees and public workers were being treated unfairly under the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Thousands in Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that the government introduce anti-blasphemy laws, including provisions to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers, in a rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group drawing support from thousands of seminaries and allegedly backed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). The protest was alleged to have sparked in response …

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by Max Slater

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a report on Friday calling on the government of South Sudan to protect communities that are at risk of violence. The UNMISS report detailed the findings of a human rights investigation into the killing of 85 cattle herders in South Sudan's Jonglei state, …

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by Max Slater

A court in Pakistan ruled on Friday that election officials must refrain from asking irrelevant and intrusive questions of candidates for public office. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court issued the ruling in the wake of Returning Officers, who are primarily lower court judges, asking candidates to recite specific passages in …

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by Addison Morris

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) released a report on Thursday urging the Ohio Supreme Court to bring an end to the state's practice of jailing people who cannot pay their court fines. The ACLU alleges that this practice is used in seven of the 11 counties investigated. The report claims …

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