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Legal news from Thursday, January 16, 2014
by Taylor Gillan

A special UN event on Wednesday warned that the world must learn from the consequences of failing to respond to the events in Rwanda that preceded the genocide there 20 years ago in order to prevent such things from happening in the future. Speaking to attendees at UN Headquarters in New York, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official …

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by Amy Mathieu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for South Sudan leaders, the African Union (AU) and the UN to support an international commission of inquiry to investigate targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, said, "Appalling crimes have been committed against civilians for no other …

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by Taylor Gillan

Britain's High Court ruled on Thursday that Google can be sued by British citizens in the UK despite Google's arguments that the case does not fall under British jurisdiction. The company is being sued for breach of privacy by over 100 users of Apple's Safari browser who claim that Google tracked their …

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by Amy Mathieu

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce reported on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the decrease in attacks to a clampdown on piracy in Somalia. Somalia …

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by Peter Snyder

Egyptian voters on Thursday approved the new military-backed constitution, by a margin of over 90 percent, according to unofficial results released Thursday by individual election committees throughout the country. According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, new constitution garnered 97.57 percent "yes" votes and 1.48 percent "no" votes with results in from 26 of Egypt's 27 provinces. According …

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by Peter Snyder

The trial of four Hezbollah members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in 2005 began Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).The trial is being held in absentia as the four accused men …

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by Cynthia Miley

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday rejected a challenge to health insurance subsidies available to people in states that declined to establish their own online marketplaces under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The suit argued that the PPACA allowed …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In McCullen v. Coakley, the court is considering a Massachusetts law that establishes "buffer zones" for abortion clinics. The buffer zone creates a protected area outside of the abortion clinic where people are not allowed to …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged attendees of the fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to "ensure that people suspected of committing international crimes and serious human rights violations do not continue to escape justice …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday made an oral ruling that Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto may be conditionally excused from attending his trial on a continuous basis. The Trial Chamber enjoys discretion under Article 63(1) of the Rome Statute, which states that "he …

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