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Legal news from Friday, September 20, 2013
by Peter Snyder

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo called Friday on the government of Italy to increase efforts to disrupt and eliminate human trafficking. In the release issued at the end of Ezeilo's official visit to the country she concluded that:The phenomenon of trafficking …

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by Lauren Laing

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged governments around the world to implement stronger laws and policies that protect online privacy in the wake of increasing pervasive electronic surveillance. According to the group, outdated legal frameworks have permitted government surveillance of digital communications that grossly intrudes on the right to privacy. HRW endorsed a set …

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by Peter Snyder

Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, will be tried in an Ivory Coast court on charges of crimes against humanity, according to a government statement released Friday. In a special cabinet meeting Friday the government declined to transfer Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official …

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by Addison Morris

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged the government of Nepal to appoint qualified new members to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in order to best ensure the protection of Nepali citizens. Despite notice by then-commissioners, along with an outcry from many citizen groups, the government allowed the terms of all commissioners …

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by Lauren Laing

UN officials on Thursday urged member states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three optional protocols at the upcoming 2013 treaty event, which will be held at its New York headquarters. The US, Somalia and South Sudan are the only three states that are not party to the convention. The three optional …

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by Addison Morris

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday accused governmental surveillance centers of invasion of privacy and reliance on racial and religious profiling in their Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and urged the centers to adopt stricter standards of reporting. Commonly known as "fusion centers", these government surveillance units were established by Congress after the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

An Argentine judge on Wednesday issued warrants for four former Spanish officials accused of human rights violations during the Francisco Franco regime. Under international law, individuals accused of human rights abuses may be investigated and tried elsewhere if the country in which the violations occurred does not do so. Citing to international …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Obama administration on Thursday petitioned the US Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) "contraception mandate." The legal question about the provision was not discussed before the court when it upheld the Act in the June 2012 ruling …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Halliburton pleaded guilty in US federal court on Thursday to charges that it had destroyed evidence in connection with its role in the BP oil spill in 2010. The company admitted that it had tampered with a protected computer, erasing 3D models of the affected wells, in order to destroy evidence of …

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