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Legal news from Monday, August 26, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

A UN spokesperson said Monday that the UN plans to contact the US government about reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) hacked UN internal communications. The UN said that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping. The German magazine Der Spiegel reported …

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by Addison Morris

An Iranian court of appeals on Sunday rejected the appeal of American pastor Saeed Abedini and refused to reduce his eight-year prison term in the Evin prison. Abedini was sentenced in January by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran to eight years in prison for threatening national security through his leadership in Christian house …

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by Addison Morris

A spokesperson for European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said Monday that Croatia may face legal action for failure to comply with EU extradition law. Days before entering the EU on July 1, the Croatian government changed the country's laws to prevent extradition of suspects for crimes occurring before 2002. This act is seen …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that a defendant's request for a lawyer may not be used as evidence of guilt. Tayfun Okatan was convicted on three counts relating to illegally bringing a German citizen into the US. When detained by an officer and asked whether he was attempting to …

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by Peter Snyder

The Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, approved an amendment to the Marriage Law, 2010 Monday that would grant both men and woman the ability to file for divorce on the grounds of "irretrievable breakdown" of marriage. Both parties must live apart for three years before being able to file [DNA …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Texas Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction to grant divorces to two same-sex couples who were legally married in Massachusetts. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a brief that the state would benefit from the court ruling on the issue and declaring the state's same-sex marriage …

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by Peter Snyder

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Monday condemned the death of three journalists in Egypt and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Two journalists, Ahmed Abdel of Al-Akhbar and Gawad Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network (RNN), were killed during demonstrations in Cairo on …

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by Max Slater

At the beginning of a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay pledged to raise concerns with the government's human rights record, particularly with regard to alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils. Sri Lanka's government fought a brutal 26-year civil war with the separatist Liberation Tigers …

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by Cynthia Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the government of Myanmar to significantly revise or discard their draft association law. The draft law, if enacted, would require nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain official registration to operate; would provide broad and difficult to interpret regulatory authority for NGOs; and could subject groups to arbitrary decisions …

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by Max Slater

Ecuador's criminal code, which prohibit abortions even in the case of rape, threatens the health of victims of sexual violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. Ecuador's abortion laws impose prison terms ranging from one to five years for women who obtain abortions. In the press release accompanying the report, HRW women's rights …

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