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Legal news from Friday, January 6, 2017
by Matthew Santiago

The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported 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 are expected to factor in as the figures do not …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The UN announced on Friday that Yanghee Lee, 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. During her 12-day stay, Lee will visit three locations [press …

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by Lawrenz Fares

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 released a statement announcing the indictment of the defendant, identified only as "B.S.," for actions allegedly committed in Fushe, Kosovo, in 1999. The statement also indicates the indictment …

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by Matthew Santiago

China's President Xi Jinping declared on Friday that the nation's battle against corruption "must go deeper," stressing the need for the Communist Party to be governed "systematically, creatively and efficiently." Upon becoming party chief in 2013, Xi had set in motion a broad campaign to root out corruption among high-level officials. Xi has …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Kentucky House of Representatives on Thursday advanced a bill 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 against the bill. "Kentucky right-to-work is about padding the pockets of …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said Friday that the Commercial Court of Zurich has rejected a lawsuit by labor unions over picking Qatar as the 2022 World Cup host. The claim was brought by the Dutch trade union FNV, the Bangladeshi Free Trade Union Congress, the Bangladesh Building and Wood Workers Federation …

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