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Legal news from Thursday, October 17, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law that made it a crime for non-US citizens to drive a vehicle without carrying proof of lawful immigration status. The court found that the state law is preempted by federal law under the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Arizona v. United States …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced on Thursday that police have arrested eight men suspected of committing war crimes during the Bosnian Civil War. The eight Serb men were arrested in Rogatica, the city in which the suspects are accused of taking part in looting, expulsions and killing …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Independent UN rights expert Margaret Sekaggya on Thursday called on the government of Togo to work towards providing an environment that allows human rights defenders to carry out their work. Sekaggya explained that this could be done by enforcing existing laws, avoiding stigma and fostering a spirit of open dialogue. She also mentioned the need for improved …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Washington State Liquor Control Board adopted rules on Wednesday to regulate the recreational sale of marijuana in retail stores. The state will place high taxes on the sales of the drug as well as a cap on the total annual production of the product. State officials hope to raise revenue through the …

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by Lauren Laing

Egypt's treatment of Syrian refugees is a violation of international law, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. Hundreds of Syrians have fled conflict only to be abused and discriminated against, including arbitrary detainment that for some has resulted in forced deportation right back to Syria, AI reported. Others are reportedly risking their lives to leave Egypt …

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by Lauren Laing

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been heavily involved in the US government's targeted killing program through collaborations with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, according to a Washington Post report Wednesday. The report was based on review of documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. …

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by Sung Un Kim

A group of independent UN rights experts on Wednesday expressed concern over reports that Chinese human rights activists have been subject to harassment for their attempts to participate in a UN human rights assessment of China. The activists have reportedly been prevented from participating in protests or leaving the country as this month's second review of China's …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Wednesday decided not to rule on the constitutionality of the state's ban against same-sex marriage. Judge Bernard Friedman stated that there are still issues to be resolved and set a trial date for February 25, noting that plaintiffs have the right …

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