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Legal news from Wednesday, February 19, 2014
by Theresa Donovan

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish authorities since 2012 on charges of financial and terrorism-related crimes. …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged both the Ukraine government and protesters to find a peaceful resolution to the Kiev protests, which became increasingly violent on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also released a statement on Tuesday, expressing concern regarding the escalating situation in Ukraine's capital city. …

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by Daniel Mullen

UNAIDS, the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality," and criminal sanctions for those …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday dismissed inmate Michael Taylor's suit after Tulsa pharmacy …

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by Daniel Mullen

A group of left-wing Mexican lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in an effort to curb cartel violence. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels in 2008, Mexico has faced a wave of violence [Reuters …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Washington state legislators on Tuesday approved a bill to make college students who were brought to the US illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. The legislation, called the Real Hope Act, was passed in the state's House of Representatives by 75 to 22 votes with strong bipartisan support after nearly six years of …

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by Peter Snyder

The Civil Court of Thailand on Wednesday ruled that orders targeting anti-government protesters from the Prime Minister and a Special Security Command Center under the special security law known as the Internal Security Act were unconstitutional, violating the protesters' constitutional rights. In addition to ruling on the constitutionality of the special orders, the court upheld …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A UK court on Wednesday rejected a challenge lodged by Brazilian journalist David Miranda, who was detained and questioned by UK authorities in an airport for possessing classified documents leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. Miranda, a partner of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, reportedly alleged that …

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by Peter Snyder

A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rwabukombe was convicted of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken refuge from ethnic violence in a church in Kiziguro, where …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The FBI on Tuesday released preliminary crime statistics indicating declines in reported violent crimes and property crimes in the US. The statistics are based upon data collected during the first six months of 2013 submitted by nearly 13,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies around the nation. According to the FBI, the numbers indicate …

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by Samuel Franklin

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday said there can no longer be any excuses for inaction in North Korea following the release of a 372-page report documenting widespread crimes against humanity. Pillay referred to the acts committed in North Korea as so atrocious as to not have any parallel …

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by Theresa Donovan

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday warned against recent amendments to Libya's penal code. Law No. 5 of 2014 imposes prison sentences on any individual "undermining the February 17 revolution" and for "publicly insulting one of the legislative, executive or judicial authorities." Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani …

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by Samuel Franklin

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday 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. While Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue to reaffirm the law's purpose of protecting online privacy, many have waged harsh criticism against the …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on Tuesday held that law enforcement must typically obtain a warrant before using a criminal suspect's cell phone data to track his movements. Plaintiff in the case, Shabazz Augustine, was a suspect in the 2004 homicide of his girlfriend. Augustine was arrested after police obtained his cell phone records …

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