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Legal news from Tuesday, December 17, 2013

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that prosecutions for denying that the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was a genocide are an attack on freedom of expression. The court called[press release, PDF] the right to openly discuss … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration announced [press release] Monday that the Social Security Administration (SSA) [official website] will begin processing payments to surviving spouses of same-sex married couples [JURIST backgrounder]. In a brief statement, Press Officer LaVenia LaVelle said, "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) [official website] on Monday urged [press release] Cambodia to set up an independent national body to monitor detention centers in order to fulfill its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) [text, PDF]. Cambodia ratified the … [read more]

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