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Legal news from Saturday, February 14, 2015
by Taylor Brailey

The Arkansas legislature on Friday passed a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from discrimination. The proposed purpose of the bill is to improve intrastate commerce by ensuring that businesses in the state operate under uniform nondiscrimination obligations relating to employment. The Arkansas …

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by Taylor Brailey

The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances published a report Friday detailing concluding observations on the large number of recent disappearances in Mexico. The report indicated that authorities are often involved in enforcing the disappearances of its citizens, most notably in the case of the disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the decision by Egyptian authorities to release on bail two Al Jazeera journalists awaiting retrial on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC profile; …

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