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Legal news from Tuesday, May 21, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera signed into law Tuesday a constitutional amendment that will allow President Evo Morales to run for a third term. The Bolivian Constitution only allows a president to serve two terms. However, last month the Bolivian Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the two consecutive term …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Guatemala Constitutional Court on Tuesday overturned the genocide conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt and ordered the trial to resume from the point that it was stopped on April 19. Earlier this month Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women on Monday urged Afghanistan's government to fully respect and defend the fundamental rights of women and girls by ensuring the implementation of and respect for women's rights legislation. This call comes in response to the Afghanistan parliament, which blocked legislation on Saturday that …

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by G. Redd

The US Supreme Court declined Monday to review an Alaskan village's claims that greenhouse gas producers should be held accountable to the village for pollution that threatens its vitality. Kivalina, a village of Inupiat Eskimo natives, filed suit against 22 corporations in 2009 for damages caused by greenhouse gases that reduced sea …

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by Matthew Pomy

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was passed by the legislature earlier this month. Under …

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