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Legal news from Friday, December 13, 2013
by Bradley McAllister

Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Thursday that exposes years of mass killings in the regions of Kaduna and Plateau in Nigeria and alleges the Nigerian government has ignored the consequences of severe ethnic and religious conflict. The report, entitled "Leave Everything to God," argues the Nigerian government has …

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by Peter Snyder

The Russian Supreme Court on Friday ordered the review of the case against two members of the feminist rock group Pussy Riot. Band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison in connection …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that was appealed to the court before the country legalized same-sex …

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by Peter Snyder

The Bangladesh government on Thursday executed Abdul Quader Mullah, Assistant Secretary General of the opposition Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party. Mollah was convicted by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and sentenced to life in prison; however, in …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The UN team investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria reported on Thursday that it has found credible evidence that chemical weapons have been used on numerous occasions throughout the Syrian Civil War. The Mission to Investigate Allegations of Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic confirmed in September that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Belgian Senate voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of discernment." The law requires that the patient be legally competent …

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