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Legal news from Friday, April 10, 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of US citizens still in Yemen against the US State Department and the Department of Defense for allegedly failing to launch an evacuation plan. The rights groups held a public news conference outside …

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by Valerie Howell

Amnesty International (AI) revealed on Friday that the group, along with other prominent human rights organizations, has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), bringing claims of indiscriminate surveillance practices against the UK government. The decision to formally challenge the UK government stems from information obtained from by whistle-blower …

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by Taylor Brailey

The Parliament of Malaysia on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and called for violators to pay fines or face prison sentences up …

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by Matt Belenky

The Oklahoma state senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow for the use of nitrogen gas in executions if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, or if the drugs become unavailable. If signed by Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state in …

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by Steven Wildberger

In a unanimous vote on Friday, Pakistani lawmakers passed a resolution to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, despite pleas from Saudi Arabia for aid in the form of warships, aircraft and ground troops. Saudi Arabia is leading the campaign against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, and had anticipated assistance from its …

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by Colleen Mallick

A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited to Spain to face a trial. According to his ruling, some of …

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by Brittany Felder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law, known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The act would amend Malaysia's Sedition Act of 1948, which …

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by Colleen Mallick

Cambodian lawmakers on Thursday voted by an overwhelming margin to approve a new electoral commission that promises to ensure fairness in the next national vote in 2018. The vote came after opposition leader Sam Rainsey criticized the electoral commission for being biased and disputed the 2013 election results, which sparked a political crisis and mass demonstrations. The …

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by Laura DeGeer

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released a report entitled "Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots." The report analyzes the hurdles involved in holding anyone (programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel) accountable for deaths caused by fully autonomous weapons, or "killer robots," that require little to no "meaningful human control." HRW contends that …

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