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Legal news from Friday, November 8, 2013
by Peter Snyder

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Thursday that New York City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to accommodate the needs of the city's disabled residents during recent emergencies. The lawsuit certified as a class action in November …

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by Peter Snyder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Friday that continued violence between militias, rebels and government forces in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) threatens to lead the country into renewed conflict. The high commissioner expressed her apprehension caused by recent violent clashes stating that, "he latest clashes between …

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by Lauren Laing

Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John Rooke of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench …

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by Taylor Gillan

A senior UN official on Thursday urged international donors to provide financial support to Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in order to allow it to continue ongoing trials. The ECCC, a hybrid court established in 2001 to try those accused of the Khmer Rouge regime's worst …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) prosecutor in the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment against 15 defendants on Friday in the EULEX Mitrovica Basic Court. The individuals are accused of war crimes against civilians that occurred at a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) detention center …

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by Lauren Laing

A Hawaiin judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order against lawmakers to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. Oahu Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto said he would hear any challenges made against such legislation if passed by the legislature. The suit was brought by Rep. Bob McDermott after Governor Neil Abercrombie …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Spain's National Court in Madrid on Friday ordered nine imprisoned members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) released in compliance with a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling made last month. In its order, the court determined that …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Croatian lawmakers voted Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 on a same-sex marriage ban in the country. The referendum will decide whether the nation's constitution should define marriage as a "union between a woman and a man." The referendum was called after approximately 700,000 people—more than required by law for holding a referendum—signed a petition …

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by Samuel Franklin

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grants disability claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by in-service sexual trauma at significantly lower rates than it has granted claims for PTSD arising from other causes, says a report released on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). According to the report, between the …

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by Samuel Franklin

Alleged Rwandan genocide perpetrator Emmanuel Mbarushimana on Wednesday challenged a decision by Denmark's Supreme Court to extradite him to Rwanda. Filing an application before the European Court of Human Rights, Mbarushimana claims that he will be unable to receive a fair trial if brought before a Rwandan court. Such a request could mean that his …

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