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Legal news from Friday, June 7, 2013
by G. Redd

Cambodia's National Assembly unanimously approved a bill on Friday making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed the Khmer Rouge regime. The bill passed while minority leaders were excluded from the legislature. Critics including Human Rights Watch (HRW) allege the law is merely a ploy to paint the …

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by G. Redd

Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated Friday that the Singapore government's new licensing requirements for news sources impinges on free speech. By placing a registration fee on sources that meet threshold levels of Internet traffic, HRW believes the government will have an undue level of power in deciding who can publish …

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by Samuel Franklin

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill [H.200, PDF] on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermont became the seventeenth state in the US to decriminalize marijuana, adding to a growing trend of more lenient drug laws and regulations. Under the new legislation possession of less than one ounce of marijuana (28.3 grams) …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UN released a letter on Thursday from UN human rights experts voicing their concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been charged by Russian prosecutors following their involvement with the UN Committee against Torture. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St. Petersburg and the Public Verdict Foundation in Moscow allegedly violated Russian …

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by Matthew Pomy

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Thursday that New Mexico law does not necessarily allow same-sex marriages. The statement does not directly comment on the matter, as it was made in response to a pending lawsuit in New Mexico brought by a same-sex couple. In a policy memo released by King's office as …

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by Matthew Pomy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement on Thursday reenforcing the need for any new Egyptian draft law should respect human rights standards. The statement came as concern over increased convictions of international NGO personnel mounts. Ban reiterated the UN's commitment to helping the Egyptian government and its people through a successful democratic transition. Following the …

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