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Legal news from Friday, May 17, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. US District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortions …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

France's Constitutional Council on Friday approved a same-sex marriage bill. The legislation was approved by parliament last month, but former president Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement party filed a legal challenge. The court rejected the challenge …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Syrian opposition leaders and neutral international experts to safeguard evidence of torture and arbitrary detention uncovered in government intelligence facilities in Raqqa, the first city to fall to rebel forces. HRW visited the area in April and discovered detention cells, interrogation rooms and torture devices consistent with descriptions given …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The Chad public prosecutor's office announced on Wednesday that it has arrested Mahamat Djibrine, a former political police chief suspected of torture and hundreds of politically motivated killings in the 1980s. Djibrine was in charge of the Directorate of Documentation and Service (DDS) political police under then-president Hissene Habre, and was arrested …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Bolivian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill allowing incumbent President Evo Morales to seek a third term in the nation's 2014 elections. Bolivia's lower house approved the bill 84 to 33 despite the single re-election provision in the Bolivian Constitution after the measure was approved in the Senate. The …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Hungarian laws introduced by the ruling Fidesz party in 2010 are undermining human rights, according to a report published Thursday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to HRW, the new constitution and laws are negatively affecting human rights and the rule of law. The 29-page report states that many of the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas on Wednesday rejected Arkansas' attempt to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's law banning abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. US District Judge Susan Webber Wright denied the motion to dismiss, ruling that the lawsuit made a strong enough case to warrant …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday denied an appeal by a German family seeking asylum in the US in order to homeschool their children for religious reasons. The Romeike family alleged that Germany's ban against homeschooling caused them a well-founded fear of persecution based on their membership in a "particular …

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