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Legal news from Monday, February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris

Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal Code and the Basic Law on the Protection of …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The Thailand Criminal Court on Monday sentenced two activists to 30 months in prison for insulting the monarchy under the country's strict lese-majeste laws. The two activists are a 24-year old female and 27-year-old male who were involved in a play called "The Wolf Bride" at Bangkok's Thamnast University in October 2013. The …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help of an attorney, Chen managed to get his case to …

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by Brittany Felder

The Pakistani military on Monday arrested Taj Muhamad, a man believed to be one of the militants who carried out the deadly Peshawar School Massacre last December. Taj Muhamad is believed to have been the commander of one of the units that attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, leaving 134 children dead …

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by Alison Sacriponte

UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release of the children. …

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by Valerie Howell

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding themselves in direct combat with Australian troops …

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by Peter Snyder

The Supreme Court of Kenya ruled Monday that eight sections of the nation's controversial anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act No. 19 of 2014, which came into effect on December 22, amended the provisions of 22 other acts of Parliament involving matters of national security. Restrictions on the media …

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by William Helbling

Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, a three-judge panel ordered that he be detained and given …

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by Peter Snyder

The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned for two weeks due to lack of eyewitnesses. Baher Mohamed and …

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by William Helbling

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison in a retrial on charges stemming from the 2011 uprising. Abdel-Fattah, a secular activist, was initially charged in November 2013 and later sentenced to 15 years in prison under the country's law criminalizing unauthorized protest. While Abdel-Fattah's sentence was …

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