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Legal news from Friday, February 7, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

France's State Council, the country's top administrative court, ruled on Friday that Google must display press release] on its French page that it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog for how they store user information. Google has stated that it will comply with the order, but will continue to …

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by Amy Mathieu

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed announced Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural rights such as the right to education, the right to …

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by Taylor Gillan

UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C), a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), called FGM/C an affront to human dignity and an unacceptable continuing …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that cities may not pass ordinances that conflict with the state's five-year-old medical marijuana law. John Ter Beek, a resident of Wyoming, Michigan, challenged a 2010 Wyoming zoning ordinance that prohibited the use of marijuana, arguing that his status as a qualified medical marijuana …

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by Addison Morris

The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) law providing amnesty for acts of war committed as far back as 2006. After more than three weeks of debate, lawmakers in the DRC approved the law on Tuesday amid outcry from human rights advocates, including Human …

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by Matthew Pomy

Germany's Constitutional Court on Friday referred the case against the European Central Bank's (ECB) bond-buying plan, called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ruling means the German court will not cut the program, which could alarm investors that rely on the plan to stabilize …

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by Addison Morris

Turkey's Parliament on Wednesday approved legislation to heighten Internet restrictions, granting the country's telecommunications authority the ability to block websites or remove content without the court's approval. Amid claims that this is an act of censorship, government officials have maintained that the bill is intended to promote the protection of privacy. Many have expressed concern that the …

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by Matthew Pomy

A group of UN human rights experts led by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday that both sides of the Syrian conflict are committing crimes against humanity by denying civilians basic necessities of life and humanitarian aid. The experts claimed that these actions are part of a "systematic effort to cause civilian …

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by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that the Bangladesh government needs to prevent garment factory owners from intimidating workers for organizing trade unions and to prosecute any parties responsible for attacks on labor leaders. Workers interviewed by HRW claimed that some managers mistreated those involved in organizing unions in incidents ranging from death threats to …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Supreme Court of Ohio on Wednesday distributed a warning to all of the state's judges to end the policy of imprisoning people who are unable to pay court fines, a practice deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court more than 30 years ago. The bench card, which is the first of its kind in this country, …

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by Amy Mathieu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the international standard. HRW's report includes interviews with imprisoned women, their families, their lawyers and …

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