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Legal news from Tuesday, July 23, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

Russia's constitutional order is being threatened by the current government practices, according to an open letter signed by more than 50 of Russia's leading legal experts on Tuesday. The letter accuses the government of systematic rights abuses and efforts to silence political opponents and eliminate forms of legal protest:How can we speak about a …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 9-5 Monday that an ordinance barring undocumented workers from renting property within the city of Farmers Branch, Texas, is unconstitutional. The ordinance requires that prospective renters provide proof of their immigration status, and allows for anyone found to be undocumented to be evicted …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Monday ruled in favor of two men seeking recognition of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. Ohio law prohibits same-sex marriage but recognizes marriages solemnized outside of the state. James Obergefell and his partner, John Arthur, who suffers from a terminal illness, married …

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by G. Redd

An appeals court in Kuwait on Monday overturned the criminal convictions of three former members of parliament for criticizing the Emir, the nation's leader. The Kuwait Society for Human Rights helped break the story internationally via Twitter, when its director posted a short statement regarding the acquittal. The three men were convicted in …

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by G. Redd

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is on the decline around the world, according to a comprehensive new report released Monday by UNICEF. FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Most …

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by Daniel Mullen

A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Monday temporarily blocked a North Dakota abortion law, calling it unconstitutional. HB 1456 is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and would prohibit abortions after the point at which cardiac activity can be …

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by Daniel Mullen

Cephans Lumina, the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, called upon Japan Monday to adopt a rights-based approach to international development. As one of the largest providers of development assistance in the world, Lumina recommended that Japan make a "more explicit commitment to incorporating human rights principles into the …

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