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Legal news from Wednesday, July 3, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

The Egyptian military on Wednesday deposed President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the nation's constitution and installed an interim government headed by High Constitutional Court judge Adly Mansour. Protests and demonstrations erupted throughout Egypt on Sunday calling for Morsi's resignation for his alleged failure to address economic and security issues during his one year tenure …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Department of Treasury (DOT) announced on Tuesday that it will delay enforcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) employer mandate for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees until 2015. The PPACA mandate requiring companies with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health coverage to its employees …

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by Samuel Franklin

Chad's ex-President Hissene Habre was charged by Senegalese prosecutors on Monday with war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity. Habre will appear before the Extraordinary African Chambers, a special court set up in Senegal to investigate the allegations against him, and he could face life in prison if convicted. …

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by Samuel Franklin

Four Guantanamo Bay prisoners filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday asking the federal court to order the prison's officials to stop the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers. In their motion, Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, Nabil Hadjarab and Abu Wa'el Dhiab alleged that the practice …

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by Sydney Normil

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to "heed the lessons of the past" and listen to the demands of the Egyptian public. Protests and demonstrations erupted throughout Egypt on Sunday, in which protesters called for the resignation …

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by Sydney Normil

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday said that US authorities' efforts to thwart Edward Snowden's attempts to seek asylum amount to serious human rights violations. According to Wikileaks, a whistleblower website, Snowden submitted asylum applications to a host of countries, including Ecuador, China and Cuba. AI Director of Law and Policy Michael Bocheneck …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Ireland's Parliament voted 138-24 on Tuesday to pass the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which would more liberally legalize abortions in cases of medical emergencies. Ireland currently has abortion laws which are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church, to which two-thirds of the country's population belongs, and impose strict restraints on situations in which abortion is allowed. …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday, granted early release to Momcilo Krajisnik, the former head of the Bosnian Serb parliament who was convicted in 2006 of the persecution, deportation and forcible transfer of civilians from their homes during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. The decision, written …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Bolivian ambassador to the UN, Sacha Llorenti, claimed on Wednesday that it was an act of aggression for European countries to deny the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, the right to fly through their airspace. Llorenti alleged that international law had been violated by those countries, and demanded that there be consequences for …

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