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Legal news from Sunday, September 29, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Sweden's Ombudsman for Children Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision [Dagens Nyheter op-ed, in Swedish] on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising male babies in those cases the procedure is not medically …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Mohamed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), reported Sunday that a Bahrain court has sentenced 50 defendants to prison terms ranging between five and 15 years in prison, with 20 of the defendants sentenced in absentia. The mass trial was for alleged links to the February 14 Youth Coalition [Facebook …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The top UN official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on Saturday urged Congolese authorities to take all necessary steps required to capture two escaped national army officials, both of whom were found guilty of human violations in September. The two high-ranking army officials escaped …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Mexican lawmakers must reform the nation's military justice system to combat human rights abuses committed by army and navy personnel, Amnesty International (AI) urged Friday. AI reports that the number of enforced disappearances in the nation has increased drastically since the federal government launched a military initiative to interrupt organized crime cells in 2006. According to the …

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by Matthew Pomy

A judge for New Jersey's Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton ruled Friday that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry. Judge Mary Jacobson found that the current status of civil unions deprive same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples. In light of the recent US Supreme Court decision in US v. Windsor [SCOTUSBlog backgrounder; …

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