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Legal news from Saturday, January 18, 2014
by Matthew Pomy

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a bill punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. The law was passed earlier this week amid widespread protests. The Obama administration …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi called Friday for the government and opposition parties of Cambodia to end their ongoing political impasse and come together on human rights reforms. The impasse arose from still contested elections held in July 2013 and has had "a direct impact on the enjoyment of human rights by all in Cambodia." Subedi released his …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The Iranian government has carried out 40 executions in the two weeks since the beginning of 2014, claims human rights group Amnesty International in a statement published Thursday. "The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted review over the issue of police authority to search the contents of an arrested individual's cell phone. The court accepted two cases on the matter to review. The first, Riley v. California, is a state court case that involves a challenge to searching an arrested individual …

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by Samuel Franklin

In a speech Friday, US President Barack Obama announced detailed plans to change surveillance policy, curbing the abilities of intelligence agencies to collect and use American phone data. Reform to the program entails a handful of initiatives outlined by Obama, focusing on additional oversight, transparency, and restrictions on government's ability to use the collected data, such …

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