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Legal news from Tuesday, February 4, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday granted a motion to put on hold a ruling upholding a California law that bans licensed therapists from working to change the sexual orientation of a minor. The order contained no reasoning, stating only that a 90-day hold would be put into …

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by Bradley McAllister

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana declared Monday that Wednesday's scheduled execution of 70-year-old Christopher Sepulvado by lethal injection will be delayed for 90 days. Sepulvado was charged with the murder of his six-year-old stepson in 1993. Last week, Louisiana Department of Corrections officials expanded their execution protocol to include …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Thailand's Democrat party, the country's main opposition political party, petitioned the Thai Constitutional Court Tuesday to annul the results of last week's national elections, alleging that the polls were unconstitutional. The petition also seeks the dissolution of the ruling party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and to ban party executives from holding …

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by Bradley McAllister

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday encouraged Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities from speaking with relatives of criminal defendants. In the case …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

A French court opened trial Tuesday against former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa in the country's first trial of a suspect in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Simbikangwa, 54, is charged with arming and directing Hutu extremists in the violence that claimed the lives of an estimated half a million ethnic Tutsi. He was arrested in …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday criticized a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program Deputy Director. The Law for the Crimes of Terrorism and its Financing [text, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo on Friday urged the island nation of Seychelles to establish a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking, and to hasten to pass the draft anti-trafficking bill currently circulating in its legislature. During her week-long visit to Seychelles, Ezeilo noted …

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