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Legal news from Friday, October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepea on Friday urged British authorities to reconsider their decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Crepea's statements come as a response to the UK's announcement earlier this week it will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. The proposed legislation sparked mass protests in Budapest and other …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A Nigerian federal court on Thursday ruled in favor of the Bring Back Our Girls group, saying that the police had no right to block protests in Nigeria. Earlier this year the Bring Back Our Girls activists began daily sit-ins at the Unity Fountain in the capital city Abuja to press their demands for the …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday passed a highly criticized bill for a new Hydrocarbons law. The lower house, controlled by allies of President Cristina Fernandez, passed the bill with a vote of 130-116 with one abstention after 14 hours of debate. The bill seeks to promote foreign business investments in exploration …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday that Islamic State (IS) militants carried out mass executions of Shiite inmates in Iraq after seizing the Badoush Prison near Mosul in June. According to reports from survivors, Shiite, Kurdish, and Yazidi prisoners were separated from Sunni and Christian prisoners, who were later returned …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A court in Denmark has convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the co-founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), and an accomplice for stealing Danish public records from the US-based information technology business CSC. From April to August of 2012, Svartholm Warg and his accomplish are alleged to have hacked into …

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