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Legal news from Friday, November 22, 2013
by Lauren Laing

A Russian court on Wednesday released on bail the captain of a Greenpeace International ship, one of the last activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism in St. Petersburg. Captain Peter Willcox was granted bail two months after he was arrested for his involvement in a Greenpeace protest. Seven activists were released Tuesday. …

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by Lauren Laing

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday vacated a contempt order against a state commission for implementing a law ending collective bargaining for most public workers. In a 5-2 decision, the court held that the Dane County Circuit Court erred by holding in contempt the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission for preparing certification elections for hundreds of unions, …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by South Korea's Woori Bank against Bark of America's Merrill Lynch unit. The lawsuit, which concerned losses from USD $143 million of collateralized debt obligations, was dismissed in February by district court judge …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Five human rights groups urged the UN General Assembly on Thursday to adopt a resolution protecting the right of privacy against unlawful surveillance. In a letter to the assembly, the groups, Amnesty International, Access, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Privacy International and Human Rights Watch, claimed that "indiscriminate mass surveillance" infringes on the rights of …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Sudan's National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) admitted on Thursday during a press conference the existence of human rights violations in the country including restrictions on freedoms and civil and political rights. The NCHR's complaints committee disclosed that it received a total of 125 complaints from 2012 and 2013 relating to human rights abuses. NCHR deputy chairperson …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Thousands of people protested Thursday in Tokyo against proposed legislation that would significantly broaden the definition of "official secrets." The law is expected to pass both houses of parliament when it comes to a vote next week. The law also imposes prison time for up to 10 years for information leaks for public servants and others cleared …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled [opinion;\, PDF] that an order prohibiting a parent from having overnight visitation with his child in the presence of his long-term domestic partner failed to consider the best interests of the child. Arkansas courts had an established precedent of barring parents in child custody cases from living with an unmarried …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Central African Republic (CAR) government on Thursday said that accused war criminal Joseph Kony has been speaking with CAR President Michel Djotodia about negotiating a surrender. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 12 counts of crimes against humanity and 21 war crimes [ICC arrest …

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