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Legal news from Tuesday, March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" conditions from the time …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A court in Cairo on Tusday sentenced four police officers convicted of negligence and manslaughter for their roles in connection with the deaths of 37 Islamist detainees who reportedly died of asphyxiation when a tear gas grenade was fired into the truck they were being transported in. At the time, the Interior Ministry had claimed that the …

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by Bradley McAllister

A panel of UN human rights experts led by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syrian Arab Republic, announced on Tuesday a new investigative report into the Syrian conflict. The report describes horrific violence in Syria by rebel and government forces in recent months. Most striking is the depiction …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Myanmar legislature on Tuesday approved a new media law affording greater press freedoms to local media outlets. The law purportedly assures local media freedom from state censorship and attempts to promote high-quality journalistic practices by emphasizing ethics and responsibility. However, the law granting new freedoms is accompanied by another …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

An Istanbul prosecutor on Monday charged five activists involved in anti-government protests last year. Turkey's state-run Anadolu News Agency reported that the protesters, members of a solidarity group, are charged with "forming a criminal gang, staging illegal demonstrations and public provocation" relating to their involvement in the June 2013 protests …

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by Bradley McAllister

Viacom and Google on Tuesday settled a copyright infringement lawsuit originally filed by Viacom in 2007. The media conglomerate Viacom is known for its television networks including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1. In the original suit, Viacom sought $1 billion in damages as well as an injunction against Google's YouTube service for allowing clips …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty on Tuesday that incorporates Crimea, currently a part of Ukraine, into the Russian Federation. The agreement comes after a referendum in which more than 95 percent of Crimean voters, largely ethnic Russians, elected to secede from Ukraine and request to join Russia. The …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

At the completion of a five day assessment of Jordan's implementation of water and sanitation access for all, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque released a preliminary report concluding that Jordan's current access system to water and sewage creates injustices. De Albuquerque did note that …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday expressed concern about Algerian authorities suppressing demonstrations in the weeks leading up to the Algerian elections. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is running for a fourth term, and the crackdown on protests appears to focus on demonstrators opposing Bouteflika's election to a fourth five-year …

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