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Legal news from Thursday, April 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions program authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and Secretary of State, …

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by Colleen Mallick

The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnapping for ransom and colossal damage to life and property. The military court …

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by Brittany Felder

The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed several recent instances of dissenters, namely journalists, who have been …

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by Laura DeGeer

Hundreds of individuals on Wednesday filed suit for medical malpractice against Johns Hopkins University for its role in government medical experiments that took place in Guatemala in the 1940s and 50s. During this time, individuals were deliberately infected with venereal diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhea, without their consent. The individuals were told that they were …

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by Matt Belenky

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed alarm Thursday over the Thai government's decision to replace martial law with a new security order. On Wednesday Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the military government would lift martial law and replace it with Article 44 of Thailand's interim …

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by Alexandra Farone

A military court in Gambia secretly sentenced three soldiers to death on Monday for an attempted coup d'état, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. Three other soldiers were sentenced to life in prison. All media was banned from observing the proceedings. AI claims the death sentences are a violation of the right to a fair trial …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Supreme Court of Israel blocked a controversial government proposal on Thursday to extend the West Bank separation barrier through the historic Cremisan valley. Israel has been building the barrier to prevent Palestinian attacks in Israel. The Israeli Defense Ministry had planned to extend the wall through Palestinian farmlands, …

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by Steven Wildberger

The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday released its observational findings on human rights abuses in Russia, concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, as well …

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by Steven Wildberger

Indiana's Republican legislative leaders announced Thursday that they are proposing an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in an attempt to remedy the perception that the act permits discrimination based on sexual orientation. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma will introduce the proposal, which bars service …

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