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Legal news from Saturday, December 7, 2013
by Matthew Pomy

Japan's parliament on Friday passed a controversial secrecy law amid widespread protests. The law, which has drawn protests at every step of the approval process, targets public officials who leak information to the public. Those convicted under the law could face up to 10 years in prison. US based rights group, Open Society Foundations, criticized …

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by Addison Morris

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday gave one-year suspended sentences to 14 Islamist women for protesting in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, reducing their 11-year prison sentences. At the same trial, seven female teenage defendants who had been sentenced to imprisonment until they reached the age of 18 had their sentences reduced to …

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by Addison Morris

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women is a widespread occurrence, there is very little reliable data …

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by Matthew Pomy

A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at Auschwitz, he maintains he only served as a cook and …

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