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Legal news from Friday, October 18, 2013

[JURIST] The Tennessee Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday unanimously rejected [opinion, PDF; press release] a movement to overturn the Tennessee Voter Identification Act, ruling that a requirement of government-issued photo ID for voters is constitutional. Chief Justice Gary Wade delivered the majority opinion and Justice William Koch Jr. delivered … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [report, PDF] Friday that Ethiopian police investigators routinely use torture and other coercive methods to obtain statements and confessions from detainees in Addis Ababa's Maekelawi detention center. The Maekelawi detention center is used to house the country's political prisoners, including "opposition politicians, … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Friday joined [press release] with two other key international anti-trafficking expert mechanisms to call for global cooperation in the fight against the transnational trafficking of persons. Human rights experts from the UN, the Council of Europe (COE) and the Organization for Cooperation and … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) [government backgrounder] lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to compel the federal government to disclose its policy for notifying criminal defendants that they … [read more]

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Council [official website, in French] ruled [decision, in French] Friday that the country's mayors cannot refuse to officiate same-sex marriages even if participation would be against their moral and religious beliefs, rejecting [press release] the argument that the French Constitution [text, PDF] requires the addition of a … [read more]

[JURIST] A recent report [text, PDF] made public by the UN Friday indicates that the US is under-reporting the number of civilian deaths resulting from anti-terrorism drone strikes [JURIST backgrounder]. In his investigation, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson [official website] discovered 33 drone attacks that have resulted in approximately 450 … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Friday that Canada and the EU have reached an agreement in principle on a comprehensive free trade agreement. The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) [official website] has been in negotiations since 2009. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] said Friday that he will sign a law [press release] allowing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive] to travel abroad for medical treatment, if the bill is passed by the Verkhovna Rada [official website, in Ukrainian], Ukraine's parliament. In … [read more]

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