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Legal news from Wednesday, June 19, 2013
by G. Redd

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed by a vote of 228-196 mainly along party lines. The White House on Monday expressed opposition to the legislation: "If the President were presented …

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by Theresa Donovan

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the families of some British soldiers who were killed or injured in Iraq can sue the British government for damages. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that families claiming that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) did not fulfill its duty of adequately protecting a family …

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by G. Redd

Chinese-owned mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are contributing to a culture of human rights abuses, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. AI claims that those companies should be held accountable for the longstanding, ongoing human rights abuses related to child labor, on-site injuries, financial exploitation and the illegal detainment of …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the Hungarian government to revoke constitutional amendments that have recently come under fire for undermining the country's constitutional justice and for threatening the independence of the country's judiciary. Pillay's call to the Hungarian government came after the Venice Commission released a report …

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by Sydney Normil

Rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accused the New York Police Department (NYPD) of unlawfully targeting Muslims for surveillance. The rights group allege that the NYPD has been sending spies into mosques, student associations and other places to gather information based solely on the fact that the targets are Muslim. The New York …

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by Sydney Normil

The US government on Monday released the names and nationalities of 46 men who are classified for "continued detention" at Guantanamo Bay detention center, ineligible for release, transfer or prosecution. The names were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the Miami Herald and the New York …

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by G. Redd

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday commended the Turkish government's decision to delay government construction that was the source of widespread protests in the past month, urging authorities to work to defuse tensions. The future of Gezi Park, a rare green space in Istanbul, will be established by …

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by G. Redd

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn on Tuesday signed the most restrictive fracking legislation in the country into law. The bill was a joint effort between government and industry specialists and is receiving high praise from the state's environmental and manufacturing communities. It requires all drillers to acquire a permit from the legislature and provide …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday postponed the confirmation of charges hearing for Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda in order to give prosecutors more time to prepare their case. The hearing, which was scheduled to begin on September 26, will not start until February 10. At the hearing, the …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday accused Libyan officials of defying the International Criminal Court (ICC) by announcing that Saif al-Islam's trial would begin in August. John Jones, Saif al-Islam's lawyer, fears that his client …

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