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Legal news from Sunday, May 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

A senior judge for the Judiciary of England and Wales on Friday partially upheld a request by British Foreign Secretary William Hague to withhold certain information from the investigation into the 2006 death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko was a member of the Federal Security Service of the Russian …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Afghanistan parliament on Saturday blocked legislation that would have worked to strengthen women's rights in the country. If passed, the legislation would have protected provisions of the 2009 Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), which was originally implemented by presidential decree, from being repealed by a future Afghanistan president. The law criminalizes child …

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by Endia Vereen

Five human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), sent a letter letter Cameroon authorities on Friday to drop the charges against two transgender youths rather than undergoing an appeal to the Cameroon Supreme Court. The defendants, who identify as women, were arrested in July 2011 and prosecuted on charges of homosexual …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday ruled that people convicted of crack cocaine offenses have a right to resentencing hearings under the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA). The case was brought by two incarcerated defendants seeking retroactive relief from racially discriminatory, 10-year mandatory minimum sentences imposed on …

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