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Legal news from Wednesday, May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls in the festival "severely harmed" the animals and was an …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Chinese authorites on Tuesday detained prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on a charge of "causing a disturbance" after he attended a weekend meeting that urged an investigation into the 1989 crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhigiang is a leading free-speech lawyer who is well known for opposing China's system of forced labor camps before they …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday criticized the militant group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for kidnapping more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April and announced plans to sell them and "marry them off." Spokesperson Rupert Colville warned the group …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Thai Constitutional Court on Tuesday ordered caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down for an alleged abuse of power relating to the transfer of a senior civil servant to another position in the government that occurred shortly after she took office in 2011. The decision also removed several other …

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