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Legal news from Friday, April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez

Argentina's Minister for Issues Relating to the Falkland Islands, Daniel Filmus, announced on Friday the country is beginning legal proceedings against oil and gas companies from the US and UK drilling off of the islands. Filmus claims that extracting resources from the islands is illegal, saying they belong to Argentina, but UK officials have called …

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by Ashley Hogan

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a settlement agreement Friday over early voting in Ohio. The now settled lawsuit was filed last year by the ACLU challenging the decreased availability of early voting opportunities in the state as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 238. The bill eliminated …

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by Emelina Perez

Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this week, setting a minimum marrying age of …

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by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported the conviction of leading human rights activist Rasul Jafarov by a court in Azerbaijan Thursday and called for his immediate release. HRW criticized the arrest and conviction as a government initiative to silence political critics. As the founder and chair of Human Rights Club, Jafarov had been attempting to compile …

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by Colleen Mallick

US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious groups petitioned the US Supreme Court for a stay after the US …

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by Valerie Howell

A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early to render a decision. The contested rule is President Obama's …

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by Matt Belenky

Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 Thursday in favor of legislation that would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Nebraska currently has 11 men sitting on death row but no way of executing them because its supply of sodium thiopental expired in December 2013. Thursday's debate included death penalty supporters …

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by Taylor Brailey

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European Union Delegation to China remarked that the …

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by Valerie Howell

The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as soon as September of this year. Should the constitution be …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, a bill set to end the federal estate tax, by a 240-179 vote. The tax, which Republicans refer to as the death tax, is applied to estates upon passage to an heir after the owner's death. The …

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by Taylor Brailey

At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice system, and the problems of overcrowding have to be dealt …

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by Steven Wildberger

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted the ICC permission to investigate crimes on its territory from November 21, 2013, to February 22, …

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by Colleen Mallick

The Mexican Congress approved legislation on Thursday that gives the public access to data from almost all institutions that receive government funding. The legislation passed the lower house of Congress 264-68 and will go to the president for his signature. President Enrique Peña Nieto posted on his Twitter account that …

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by Colleen Mallick

Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism and Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or …

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by Steven Wildberger

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday that the upcoming elections in Burundi place the nation at a critical moment in history, with an opportunity to choose free and fair elections to "strengthen and mature Burundi's still fragile democracy, and enable an improvement in its dire socio-economic situation." …

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by Steven Wildberger

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the wake …

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