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Legal news from Wednesday, February 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) President Ambassador Joachim Ruecker on Tuesday appointed a new chairperson to head the Inquiry into the Gaza conflict after the former chairperson resigned. The UNHRC appointed Mary McGowan Davis to replace William Schabas, who resigned after Israel accused him of bias over his work as a consultant with the Palestine …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a decision granting summary judgment to Planned Parenthood in a case challenging two Montana abortion parental consent laws, ordering further proceedings. Planned Parenthood challenged these laws based on the concept of issue preclusion after the Montana courts decided that a similar law was unconstitutional in 1999. The trial court granted Planned Parenthood …

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by Taylor Gillan

A group of patients and doctors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in a New York court requesting a declaration that physician-assisted suicide is not illegal under New York state law. Though the state does have a law prohibiting assisted suicide, plaintiffs argue that it was not intended to apply to the doctors of terminally ill …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was charged along with 55 other people on Wednesday for instigating an arson attack on a bus. In January, Zia called for an indefinite transport blockade after four BNP supporters were killed during clashes …

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by Ashley Hogan

A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday urged the Bahrain government to release the peaceful politician Sheikh Ali Salman. The religious figure serves as the main political opposition to the Bahraini government, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society. He was charged in January for inciting a change of regime by non-peaceful …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Countries around the world must show public support to Syrian refugees through resettlement and other humanitarian admission programs said Amnesty International (AI) in a report Wednesday. The report highlights the humanitarian crisis faced by individuals fleeing the conflict in Syria. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that of the 380,000 Syrians in need …

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by Peter Snyder

The Romanian Parliament on Wednesday voted to allow prosecutors to investigate prominent politician Elena Udrea on suspicion of corruption. A parliamentary committee voted 20-1 to launch a formal criminal investigation of Udrea, who is accused of taking bribes, making false statements and unlawfully obtaining monies from the EU. Romania's National Anticorruption …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia's right to deny concealed carry permits to individuals for failure to show good cause. The complaint names the city and Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, as defendants against charges of violating the Second Amendment …

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by Peter Snyder

An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 230 protesters to life in prison, finding them guilty of taking part in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo in December 2011. Among those sentenced, was prominent activist Ahmed Douma, who is seen as one of the leading forces behind the 2011 protest movement that forced president …

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by Taylor Gillan

UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons, members of Parliament voted 382 in favor of passing the law and 128 opposing it. …

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by William Helbling

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday urged Portuguese authorities to increase efforts to ensure a wider access to the country's judicial system. Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul said that greater accessibility to legal aid is necessary amid the continued growth of poverty within the country. Knaul noted that many citizens within …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. Last month a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama struck down the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the Alabama Marriage …

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