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Legal news from Wednesday, July 17, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied a motion by Guantanamo Bay detainees to end forced feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. The petitioners maintained that the practice was cruel and that it would interfere with their religious practices during the month of Ramadan, which began on …

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by Theresa Donovan

Same-sex marriage will be legal in England and Wales after legislation received final approval from Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. The House of Commons gave final approval of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday. The original legislation was introduced in January and will effectively extend the application of the Marriage …

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by Theresa Donovan

Prosecutors for the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Wednesday sentenced the secretary-general of the Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) to death for the kidnapping and killing of people during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Ali Ahsan Mojaheed was found guilty of five charges, including those of kidnapping and killing …

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by Sydney Normil

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled in favor of a transgender woman who endured physical and verbal harassment during her employment as a federal contractor in Maryland. The woman, who has not been publicly identified, filed a complaint last year under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The …

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by Sydney Normil

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday urged Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict. Al-Bashir is currently in Nigeria participating in the Special Summit of the African …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Tuesday commended the Myanmar government for disbanding the Nasaka, a border patrol force that had been operating in Rakhine state. The Nasaka have been accused of numerous humans rights violations against the local Rohingya population, including extrajudicial …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday denied a new trial for former chief executive officer of HealthSouth Richard Scrushy. The decision upheld Scrushy's 2006 conviction of exchanging $500,000 with former Alabama governor Don Siegelman for a seat on Alabama's Certificate of …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to 10 years in prison for her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed the maximum sentence for her crimes. Munyenyezi was convicted in February of having gained her US citizenship by hiding her identity and …

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