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Legal news from Thursday, May 30, 2013
by Endia Vereen

Then UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to impose a moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics (LAR's), also known as "killer robots." A key concern to Heyns is whether future weapons systems will be allowed to make the decision to …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that Florida Governor Rick Scott cannot require all state employees to take random drug tests. Executive Order 11-58, issued in March 2011, would subject all state employees to drug testing, regardless of whether they were suspected of drug …

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by G. Redd

London-based Public Interest Lawyers on Wednesday accused the UK military of holding at least eight men without charge at the UK temporary holding facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Their clients have allegedly been held for over eight months without charge and without access to lawyers in what could be a breach of international law. Applications for habeas …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called Wednesday for the participation of Libyan women in the Constitution Drafting Assembly. The UNSMIL noted that the preparation and drafting of the constitution is a significant part of Libya's democratic transition, and the representation and participation of women throughout the process will greatly contribute to the growth …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning the most recent Syrian attacks in Al-Qusayr and calling for an end to the violence. In a speech on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted that the recent fighting in Al-Qusayr has left the town …

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