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Legal news from Tuesday, December 17, 2013
by Taylor Gillan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 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 the right to openly discuss questions of a sensitive and controversial nature one of the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Obama administration announced Monday that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin processing payments to surviving spouses of same-sex married couples. In a brief statement, Press Officer LaVenia LaVelle said, "I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow's and widower's claims by surviving members of same-sex …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) on Monday urged 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). Cambodia ratified the protocol to the convention in 2007, which required Cambodia to …

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