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Legal news from Saturday, November 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy

On Thursday Amnesty International (AI) expressed concern over the state of human rights defenders in Malaysia. AI argued that the arrest of 19 peaceful protestors shows that the current state of human rights in Malaysia is lacking. AI and SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia), a leading Malaysian NGO, recently criticized the Malaysian government …

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by Matthew Pomy

On Friday, Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled that a lawsuit seeking the recognition of same-sex marriages on Ohio death certificates could continue. The ruling was centered around whether a funeral director, Robert Grunn, could remain a plaintiff in the case and have the eventual ruling …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Germany and Brazil on Friday proposed a draft resolution within the UN General Assembly calling for member states to take measures to put an end to "gross invasions of privacy" such as excessive electronic surveillance and data collection. Although the resolution does not specifically indicate any countries, recent events such as allegations that the National …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The High Court in New Delhi on Saturday began the appeal of the death penalty sentence for the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student last December. Although six men were charged with the rape and murder of the student, only four received the death penalty. The fifth suspect died while imprisoned in an …

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