World Legal News

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday regarding service processes for foreign states under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) and attorney’s fee caps for lawyers representing clients in Social Security benefit cases. In Republic of Sudan v. Harrison, the petitioner is appealing a decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Second [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar called Tuesday for a delay in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh had originally agreed that the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh would be repatriated to Rakhine State in Myanmar later this month. The Special Rapporteur, Yanghee Lee, said [...]

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Amnesty International released two public statements on Tuesday regarding environmental security during war and armed conflicts. One statement addressed to the Chair of the UN General Assembly First Committee called upon the Chair to address environmental impacts of particular weapons and military practices and identify measures to minimize harm. The statement notes that in addition to [...]

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Facebook admitted Monday that they “weren’t doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence” in Myanmar. Facebook said that it had commissioned a nonprofit, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), to look into whether its platform had allowed for violent rhetoric, and that the organization’s findings concluded [...]

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The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh on Monday sentenced two people to death for crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War. The two convicts, Liakat Ali and Aminul Islam, went into hiding after an arrest warrant was issued against them in May 2016 for allegedly aiding Pakistani troops and murdering over 100 people. [...]

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The US State Department announced Monday that it would reimpose sanctions upon Iran previously lifted by the Obama administration’s nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA). “Starting today, all nuclear cooperation with Iran, except for the limited activities for which waivers are being granted, will be sanctionable,” reads the State Department’s press release. [...]

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