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Legal news from Thursday, January 30, 2014
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that gay and bisexual men have been subjected to abuses including …

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by Amy Mathieu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Syrian authorities deliberately demolished residential neighborhoods with explosives and bulldozers in Damascus and Hama over the last year. The report found that the demolitions are related to the violent conflict in Syria between the government and opposition forces. HRW officials found the correlation between the armed conflict and …

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by Taylor Gillan

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Alaska Superior Court challenging a new regulation that seeks to prevent Medicaid from covering elective abortions. In 2001 the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state must cover …

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by Peter Snyder

A court in Bangladesh sentenced 14 men to death on Thursday for their involvement in a 2004 arms smuggling operation. Among the individuals sentenced was Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party. In addition, the 14 included former deputy interior minister, Lutfozzaman Babar, and a former …

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by Amy Mathieu

The Pakistan Supreme Court dismissed former military leader Pervez Musharraf's petition on Thursday to review its 2009 verdict declaring the 2007 imposed emergency as unconstitutional. The 14 justices, led by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, dismissed the petition stating that it was barred by length of time since the …

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by Peter Snyder

The Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion on behalf of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov Wednesday to suppress evidence the National Security Agency (NSA) obtained from surveillance conducted pursuant to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA). Muhtorov, …

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by Cynthia Miley

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday applauded the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention center. AI called the decision a victory for accountability and stated that the court had set an …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, on Wednesday passed a law granting conditional amnesty to protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. The passage of this measure came during the parliament's extraordinary session, which began earlier in the day on Wednesday. Opposition parties refused to take part …

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by Cynthia Miley

Egyptian prosecutors charged 20 Al Jazeera journalists on Wednesday for joining or conspiring with a terrorist group and broadcasting false images. The journalists are accused of altering and broadcasting video footage of false scenes of a civil war and influencing public opinion toward thinking Egypt is in a state of collapse in order …

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