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Legal news from Thursday, May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to prevent donations from donors at an increased …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A Dutch court on Wednesday cleared a man of all criminal charges for assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide. An important goal of the case was to set further precedents for assisted suicide in the Netherlands, a country where the act is already legal in certain situations. In 2008 Albert Heringa had been watching his mother …

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by William Helbling

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to take action to strengthen the deteriorating security situation in Libya. Fatou Bensouda expressed her concerns over the recent increases in assassinations, terrorist attacks and targeting of innocent civilians. Bensouda stated, "he international community must …

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by William Helbling

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Wednesday. The report claims that the ADF, a Ugandan rebel group, has committed war crimes and …

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by Laura DeGeer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urgently called on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve the crisis. With planned elections not far ahead in the …

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by Laura DeGeer

A Moscow court on Wednesday declined authorities' request to convert opposition activist Aleksei Navalny's suspended sentence into a prison term. Navalny is a Russian opposition activist and blogger who was given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence after being convicted in December of fraud. Navalny is believed to have been one of the main …

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by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday detailing the continued abuse of criminal suspects by Chinese police. The interviewed detainees reported instances of torture, including being shackled to a "tiger chair" for days and being hung by the wrists. Despite detention reforms in China, including making evidence obtained through torture inadmissible, the interviewed detainees and …

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by Ashley Hogan

The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an end to the smuggling of …

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