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Legal news from Thursday, October 3, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

Amnesty International released a report on Wednesday accusing Turkish authorities of committing human rights violations during the government's attempt to quell protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul this summer. According to the advocacy group, the authorities repeatedly showed total intolerance for any form of protest, however passive. Witness testimony and photographic evidence provide documentation of …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The UK spy agency GCHQ is facing a legal challenge in the European Human Rights Court (ECHR) to its online surveillance programs. Claims filed in the ECHR on Thursday allege that the massive programs, which are able to read the content of e-mails and social media messages, have breached the privacy …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The government of Pakistan decided on Thursday not to reinstate the death penalty. There had been a moratorium on the death penalty since 2008, but the ban ended on June 30. More than 8,000 prisoners are on death row, and two militants were scheduled to be executed in August. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif …

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by Samuel Franklin

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that prohibits state employees and agencies, as well as law enforcement and the California National Guard, from providing support for the indefinite detention of a person within California. Specifically, the law states that those individuals or bodies shall not participate in any investigation or detainment …

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by Lauren Laing

Malaysia's proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959, which would reinstate detention without trial for certain individuals with criminal histories, are a "huge step backwards," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. HRW said that the amendments would allow detention for up to two years without trial if authorities find that the …

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by Theresa Donovan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday began a campaign for the tens of thousands of political activists that they claim are being detained in Syria for their peaceful activity. "Lost in Syria's Black Hole" tells the story of Syrian individuals who have been detained since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. Each …

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by Lauren Laing

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a district court ruling that interpreted a settlement agreement between BP and the class of parties injured in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a way that permitted recovery for artificial and inflated claims. The appeals court applied …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday arrested the chief justice of the country's constitutional court for allegedly accepting over USD $250,000 in bribes. Akil Mochtar was elected as chief justice for a five-year term which began in August, and the money confiscated from Mochtar's house was said to be possibly linked to a disputed election …

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by Sung Un Kim

A French court on Wednesday held that ID checks are legal under French law and are not discriminatory. The case was brought by 13 individuals from minority groups who were subject to ID checks, requesting €10,000 (USD $13,000) in compensation for each. In addition, they sought to amend the law to require written reports for ID checks …

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by Sung Un Kim

Three Texas death row inmates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the state plans to use new types of drugs in their execution. The complaint claims that Texas has obtained propofol, midzolam and hydromorphone from manufacturers by pretending to be a hospital. Thus, the drugs would not have been delivered if manufacturers knew that they would …

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