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Legal news from Monday, January 2, 2017

[JURIST] Some senior Israeli politicians are calling for Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians who they suspect of harming Israelis, even if the suspects are not currently dangerous, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy site] reported [advocacy site report] Monday. The organization documented numerous statements since October 2015 which encouraged … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that seeking votes based on religion, caste, community, race, or language is not permitted. Religion and caste have previously affected elections in several Indian states, some of which have upcoming assembly elections. The ruling was a response to … [read more]

Protests [AP report] took place in Hong Kong Sunday with an estimated 5,000 people marching in support of pro-democracy politicians. Four elected, pro-democracy lawmakers were barred from taking office in 2016 after altering the words in their official oaths. The protesters demonstrated against the government's interference with the democratic process, … [read more]

Syrian warplanes resumed bombardment (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [website] report) outside of Damascus Sunday after ceasing for almost one day. The strikes are continuing in spite of a ceasefire agreement reached just days before. Hundreds fled the rebel-controlled Wadi Barada valley between assaults. Both sides have been accused of … [read more]

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