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Legal news from Friday, August 23, 2013
by Blake Lynch

Former Egyptian prime minister Hosni Mubarak was moved from prison to house arrest on a military hospital on Thursday. Mubarak's release comes amid widespread protests led by the Muslim Brotherhood following last month's ouster of president Mohammed Morsi. Although Mubarak's release of comes at a politically charged …

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by Blake Lynch

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned the reported chemical weapon attacks that killed hundreds in the Ghouta region of Damascus as a "serious escalation" in the fight between Syria's government and rebel forces. The alleged attacks were part of the Syrian government's efforts to drive out rebel forces from the …

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by Endia Vereen

Paraguay's Congress on Thursday officially granted President Horatio Cartes the power to order military interventions without prior legislative approval. The grant of power came after five security guards were were killed by the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) in northern Paraguay. Opponents of the move argue that granting Cartes such power violates balance …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday against an Arizona law that disqualified health providers which perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, from receiving public funds. The law would have cut off funding to such health care providers for other medical needs such as contraceptives, treatment …

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by G. Redd

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) sued the Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday, challenging a new regulation on abortion facilities. Under the law, facilities prescribing Mifepristone, the so-called "abortion pill," will be defined as an abortion clinic and be required to meet regulatory requirements of surgical facilities, …

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by G. Redd

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Thursday applauded recent government efforts to encourage a culture of respect between clashing political and religious sects but recognized the need for increased government action on a wide array of issues. While restrictions on Christianity have been removed in …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Human Rights Committee declared Thursday that Australia's indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The refugees, who have been detained for at least two-and-a-half years, brought their complaints to the Committee when they were unable to challenge the legality of their detention in Australian …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, seeking a declaration from the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that a voter photo identification law …

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