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Legal news from Sunday, May 3, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Togo's constitutional court declared Faure Gnassingbe president for a third five-year term after tallying votes on Sunday. Head of the Constitutional Court Aboudou Assouma said on state television that the final results show that Gnassingbe receive a majority of the votes with about 59 percent. Gnassingbe's main challenger, Jean-Pierre Fabre, received about 35 percent of the votes. "Having obtained …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday that it has received credible evidence indicating that the Saudi-led coalition used illegal cluster munitions supplied by the US in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen. According to a report by HRW, satellite imagery indicates that the munitions landed "within 600 meters of several dozen buildings in four to …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ammunition by Burundi security forces during …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday called on the Thai government to authorize a UN-assisted inquiry into human trafficking in Thailand. The discovery of more than 20 bodies of ethnic Rohingya Muslims near an abandoned trafficking camp inspired the call. Rohingya migrants fleeing persecution from Myanmar and Bangladesh are often victimized by human …

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