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Legal news from Tuesday, October 22, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Thai government and parliament to reject a proposed blanket amnesty law that would prevent all prosecutions of people involved in political unrest, including protest leaders, military personnel and other authorities responsible for crackdowns on protesters. The proposed law expands a prior version of the draft law [JURIST …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Mark Martins, the chief war crimes prosecutor for the US military commissions at Guantanamo, said on Monday that he had participated in the decision to bring the case of suspected terrorist Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for trial. The Obama administration has …

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by Cynthia Miley

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called for the immediate release of well known Qatari poet Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, who received a harsh sentence for a poem believed to encourage a coup of the Qatar government. The UN declared that the sentence …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Dutch government on Monday asked the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to order Russia to return a ship used by Greenpeace International and the activists who were arrested on board the ship. The ship had been used to stage a protest over oil drilling. The …

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by Theresa Donovan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Monday that it is not competent to examine the adequacy of an investigation by Russian authorities into the1940 Katyn Massacre, where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). The case was brought by 15 relatives of victims of …

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by Theresa Donovan

Hobby Lobby on Monday filed a brief in the US Supreme Court, urging the court to review its case regarding the constitutionality of the birth-control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September filed a …

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by Benjamin Minegar

An EU Parliament Committee on Tuesday approved broad legislation aimed at providing greater data protection for Internet users in the wake of the revelation of the US National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program. If passed, the legislation would empower Internet users to demand that companies with access to user data transfer information, like …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the US to conduct a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into allegations that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strikes have resulted in recent civilian casualties in Pakistan. AI reviewed more than 50 reported US drone strikes in Pakistan from January 2012 to August 2013, many of which …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. The federal lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee's "Anti-Recognition" laws, which prohibit the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions. The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which filed on …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced on Monday that his administration would drop its appeal challenging same-sex marriage in the state. Christie's appeal was the last hurdle in making same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey, but the administration withdrew its challenge, stating that there is "no ambiguity about the unanimous court's view on …

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