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Legal news from Thursday, April 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan

The Kyrgyz parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets [RFE/RL report], those found guilty of intentionally spreading false information through media outlets will face a …

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by Amy Mathieu

A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York dismissed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state's strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) infringes upon rights granted by the state constitution …

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by Peter Snyder

A same-sex couple filed a lawsuit on Wednesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin Constitution was amended in 2006 to include Article XIII, section 13 which states that, "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday released statistics that show a steady decline in new deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in US immigration courts over the last five years, and that more judges have begun ruling against deportations. The numbers indicate a 43 percent drop in the …

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by Amy Mathieu

Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the bill includes language from a 2012 executive order that …

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by Peter Snyder

Notable human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was was taken into custody in Saudi Arabia Tuesday after a hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Abu al-Khair, founder and chief of the human rights group Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, faces charges that include inciting public opinion. Amnesty International (AI) on …

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by William Helbling

The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the preface to the report, Jagland emphasized …

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by Cynthia Miley

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) found on Wednesday that Argentine authorities had failed to ensure equal access and use of prison services and facilities for a prisoner with disabilities. The CRPD stated that Argentina is obliged to not only correct the current situation but also to prevent similar violations …

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by Cynthia Miley

Federal judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Ohio must immediately recognize four same-sex marriages but stayed the broader effects of the ruling pending appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Staying that portion of the ruling means that …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that prohibits physicians from performing abortions on women as soon as the fetus has a detectable heartbeat. This would disallow abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before the fetus is …

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by Theresa Donovan

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the government. Manjoo stated that approximately 7 percent of women in both England …

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