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Legal news from Thursday, February 12, 2015
by Laura DeGeer

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged both sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to "take immediate steps to protect civilians in the days before comes into force ... on Saturday night at midnight." According to the group, civilians are now at an even greater risk, as both sides will "try to gain …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A Pakistani army spokesperson said Thursday that 12 local Taliban militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a deadly school attack last year. The militants were part of what is believed to be a 27-member cell, of which nine others have been killed. Pakistan credited the cooperation of Afghanistan, where six of the militants were …

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by Brittany Felder

Burundian National Defense Forces and police have committed at least 47 extrajudicial executions following a confrontation with an armed group in Cibitoke, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. HRW also said that armed members of the Burundian youth force, known as the Imbonerakure, participated in the executions. HRW believes that the armed confrontation …

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by Steven Wildberger

Cancer patient Christie White and five physicians in California filed a lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on Wednesday challenging a state ban on physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent terminally ill patients. The suit alleges that California's ban violates the California State Constitution guarantee of due process, equal protection, freedom of speech and …

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by Colleen Mallick

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education Kishore Singh expressed concern on Thursday about the basic human right to education after African education authorities discussed the possibility of delegating basic education to the private sector in an effort to reduce state spending on education. "Free, quality basic education is a fundamental …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US House of Representatives passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate two weeks by a vote of 62-36, meaning neither …

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by Alison Sacriponte

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy have spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. The men were sentenced to …

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by Alexandra Farone

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Wednesday that the ban on interstate handgun sales by federal firearm dealers is unconstitutional. Mance, a Texas federal firearms dealer, and the Hansons, residents of Washington, DC, who tried to purchase a handgun from Mance, brought this lawsuit with the Citizens …

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by Steven Wildberger

The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday issued a joint press release detailing the adverse effects increasingly brutal and intense conflicts have had on children. The press release, coming on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers (Red Hand …

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