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Legal news from Saturday, June 15, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

The Venice Commission, a European rights commission, published a report on Friday criticizing Hungary's recent amendments to its constitution. While the commission praised Hungary's efforts to strengthen it's rule of law, the report cited several concerns with the new constitution. The report criticized provisions of the constitution requiring a two-thirds super majority to pass many …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday passed a resolution the use of foreign fighters in the Syrian Civil War, responding to an influx of foreign militants on both sides of the conflict, including Lebanese Hezbollah militants supporting the Syrian government. The resolution did not call for a stoppage of arms flow into …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on Friday that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overstepped its authority by issuing a rule that would have required employers to post notices informing workers of their rights under federal labor law. The decision accords with the unanimous decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Friday called on Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade, which restricts the flow of goods and people into the region through heavily-guarded border-crossings, has been devastating for the 1.75 million Palestinians living …

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by G. Redd

The Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bill Friday that will require those women seeking abortions to review an ultrasound of the fetus before having the procedure. The technician would have to display an image of the fetus, as well as report its health status. Similar to other recent state abortion laws, it …

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by G. Redd

The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but were stolen and sold to parties that violated the country's peace agreements …

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