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Legal news from Tuesday, January 7, 2014

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state [Economist backgrounder] enter Thailand … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] on Tuesday urged Cambodian authorities to show restraint when dealing with protesters after several demonstrations ended in violence. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the OHCHR, has reminded Cambodian authorities [AFP report] that "[p]olicing of demonstrations must comply … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] entered into a deferred prosecution agreement [text, PDF] with JP Morgan Chase & Co. [corporate website] on Tuesday, which stipulates the bank will pay $1.7 billion to the US government for its role in the Bernard … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant a temporary injunction blocking the Obama administration from enforcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), denying two doctor's groups' plea arguing the entire law is unconstitutional due to the method of its passing. … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) [official website] ruled on Tuesday that the actions of 308 members of Parliament in trying to promote the passing of a bill were illegal. The bill in question would make Thailand's upper house of Parliament an all-elected body. The ruling [AP report] will result … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] part of Chicago's gun ordinance banning the licensed sale of firearms in the city, ruling that it was unconstitutional. In response to a 2010 lawsuit challenging the ordinance, … [read more]

[JURIST] Four same-sex couples filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Monday, seeking to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] and state Attorney General Tom Horne [official website] are named as … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Monday regarding the constitutionality of Texas' new abortion law [HB 2], the provisions of which would lead to the closing of many of the state's abortion clinics. Pro-choice groups contend that the district court correctly ruled … [read more]

[JURIST] The Muslim Brotherhood [party website, JURIST news archive] has filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] alleging widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed by the Egyptian military since its July coup [JURIST report] removing president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] … [read more]

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