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Legal news from Wednesday, October 30, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned a draft Egyptian protest law on Wednesday, saying it falls short of the obligation to respect freedom of assembly. HRW expressed concern over the scope of the law's application, vague language, and its broad restrictions and discretionary powers. Specifically, the law would apply to any "public meeting" of more than …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was justified in its decision that withholding certain invasive treatments would be in the best interests of critical care patient David James, despite resistance from the patient's family. James was admitted to Aintree's critical care unit in …

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by Sung Un Kim

Civil rights groups on Wednesday publicly condemned Malaysia's "empty promises" to strengthen civil and political rights in the country. Amnesty International (AI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) claimed that authorities "failed to adequately respond to many of the questions raised by UN member states and were unable to give clear action plans or timelines on …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the marijuana derivative used to treat five-year-old Zander Welton's epilepsy is permissible under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) and, in addition, local prosecutors must stop pursuing charges against Zander's …

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by Cynthia Miley

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said Tuesday that "harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief." Bielefeldt urged governments to ensure that gender equality is adequately implemented. He particularly highlighted the harm of forced conversion to …

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by Sung Un Kim

The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to permanently block several provisions of its immigration law, according to the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA). The key provisions that were permanently blocked include Sections 28; 11(f) and (g); 10, 11(a), 13, and 27; 12, 18, and 20; and 19. One of …

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by Max Slater

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay asserted on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of the Maldives has meddled excessively in the nation's presidential elections. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of the Maldives annulled results from the first round of presidential elections and called for a new …

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by Max Slater

Egyptian police on Wednesday arrested a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a source from Egypt's Interior Ministry. Essam el-Erian had been on the run since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. El-Erian, along with twelve other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, face charges of inciting …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2011 state law restricting the use of chemical-abortions is unconstitutional, reaffirming the court's 2012 decision. The law imposes broad and stringent limitations on physicians when prescribing abortion-inducing medications to patients, and banned the prescription of "off-label" drugs known to have abortion-inducing …

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