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Legal news from Friday, January 6, 2017

[JURIST] The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) [official website] reported [press release] on Friday that 2016 had more recorded migrant deaths than any previous year. According to preliminary figures, 363,348 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe arrived successfully while 5,079 died at sea. At least 300 more fatalities … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN announced [UN News Centre report] on Friday that Yanghee Lee [official profile], the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, will travel to the country to assess the human rights situation following concerns over the safety of refugees in Kachin State and reports of increased violence in Rakhine State. … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Kosovo on Friday charged a Serbian citizen with war crimes for acts committed during the 1998-99 war. The Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo [official website] released a statement [press release] announcing the indictment of the defendant, identified only as "B.S.," for actions allegedly committed in … [read more]

[JURIST] China's President Xi Jinping [BBC profile] declared on Friday that the nation's battle against corruption "must go deeper," stressing the need for the Communist Party [official website] to be governed "systematically, creatively and efficiently." Upon becoming party chief in 2013, Xi had set in motion a broad campaign to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kentucky House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday advanced a bill [text, PDF] that would allow workers to avoid paying dues at union workplaces. This bill was backed by Republican lawmakers who gained a majority in the House last fall. Kentucky democrats have released statements [WSJ report] against … [read more]

[JURIST] The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) [website] said [press release] Friday that the Commercial Court of Zurich has rejected a lawsuit by labor unions over picking Qatar as the 2022 World Cup host [official website]. The claim was brought by the Dutch trade union FNV, the Bangladeshi Free … [read more]

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