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Legal news from Thursday, July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice of states coercing private telecommunications companies into providing them complete access to their customers' …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news for Lithuania, Baltic states and …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced nine men to prison for participating in mob sexual assaults in Tahrir Square during celebrations for the inauguration of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. The ruling comes a month after el-Sisi called for action to combat the rash of sexual assaults that has plagued the country since the 2011 …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that the Netherlands is liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The lawsuit was brought against the Dutch government in April by Mothers of Srebrenica, a group representing mothers and widows …

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