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Legal news from Friday, April 4, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the US against resuming military assistance to Egypt until the country begins to make progress on developing basic freedoms or on its democratic transition. On Friday the group released a letter it sent to Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week, shortly after the secretary made comments …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a regulation by the New York City Board of Education banning religious groups from holding worship services in school buildings. The ruling reverses a district court's 2012 decision that the ban violated the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Associated Press has discovered plans by the European Union to instate a war crimes tribunal to deal specifically with allegations focusing on offenses committed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia. During the war, the Albanian rebels were supported by NATO and are still seen by many Kosovars as war …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

French police on Friday arrested Radomir Susnjar, a Bosnian Serb paramilitary soldier suspected of killing 59 Muslim civilians during the Bosnian Civil War. Susnjar is suspected of involvement in the July 1992 killings in the town of Visegrad, where 59 civilians were locked in a building that was set on fire. Susnjar was …

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by William Helbling

Amnesty International (AI) announced on Tuesday the creation of a new global coalition that will work with world leaders to keep invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes. The new organization is titled Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) and includes eight global human rights groups. …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday signed the controversial Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which prevents the state from taking any legislative action that would place a "substantial burden" on a person's exercise of religion. The law also requires a showing that the particular means chosen are the least restrictive possible to promote …

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by Matthew Pomy

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Friday partially lifted the country's ban on Youtube, saying the blanket ban violated human rights. Access to the website was blocked after video of officials discussing an attack on Syria was leaked prior to the election. The Constitutional Court ruled the ban was too broad, and declared …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Egyptian government approved a new anti-terrorism law on Thursday in response to an attack on Cairo University. The new law is aimed at deterring the recent escalation of terrorist violence in Egypt during its transition following the ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi. Included in the amendments to the law …

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by Addison Morris

Amnesty International (AI) released a report on Thursday detailing a long-standing culture of impunity, racism and excessive force within the Greek police system. The report documents unlawful practices and human rights violations of the country's law enforcement and cites as key issues the police's lack of accountability and failure to conduct impartial investigations. …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that requires a parent or guardian's approval before a minor can have abortion. Under the law, a minor wishing to get an abortion without parental consent must prove in court that she cannot consult her parents, and the court can appoint a guardian ad litem for the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday voted 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent President Barack Obama a letter urging …

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