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Legal news from Friday, May 31, 2013
by Lauren Laing

The Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill making same-sex marriage a crime punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison. Further, any person who witnesses, aids, or abets same-sex marriages; operates gay organizations; or engages in same-sex public displays of affection could be punished by up to 10 years in jail. The bill …

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by Lauren Laing

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Thursday urged El Salvador to allow doctors to perform medical procedures necessary to saving a 22-year-old woman's life, including an abortion, despite the country's Supreme Court decision Wednesday denying the woman's appeal. El Salvador banned all abortions in 1999. …

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by Endia Vereen

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday imposed a July 31 election deadline and ordered President Robert Mugabe to announce a date soon. The ruling came in response to a case filed by a citizen in an attempt to get Mugabe to announce election dates. Rights activist Jealousy Mawarire had originally sought elections by June 29. …

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by G. Redd

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU-AZ) filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Arizona seeking to permanently enjoin a state law that penalizes doctors, not patients, who perform abortions when the patient's decision is based solely on the gender or race of …

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by Endia Vereen

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted two former Serbian secret police officials Thursday for their involvement in war crimes during the Bosnian Civil War. The court found that the prosecution failed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused, Jovica Stanisic, a close …

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by G. Redd

The Connecticut Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of documentation status. If signed by Governor Dannel Malloy, the bill would allow those immigrants without proper documents from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office the ability to obtain a driver's license for the …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Thursday urged the government of Bangladesh to address the prevalent acts of violence against women occurring in the country. Manjoo noted that while the most pervasive form of violence against women in the country is domestic violence, a number of women have also …

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by Theresa Donovan

Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda said Thursday that Kenya must prove its ability to handle the case of President Uhuru Kenyatta before the ICC will drop the case. Kenyatta and his deputy president William Ruto are charged with crimes against humanity for …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul urged world governments Thursday to guarantee the right to legal aid at the highest level possible and to consider enacting specific legislation to establish a comprehensive legal aid system that is accessible, effective, sustainable and credible. Knaul discussed these recommendations in a presentation of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for the Fourth District ruled Thursday that Wisconsin Act 23, a law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, is constitutional. The ruling reverses Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess's March 2012 decision, which held that the law's photo ID requirement would disenfranchise …

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