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Legal news from Wednesday, May 20, 2015
by Matt Belenky

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition to receiving misdemeanor or felony charges. The …

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by Matt Belenky

The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that provide increased protection for detainees from …

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by Emelina Perez

Thailand's military government announced on Tuesday it will hold a referendum on a new constitution, likely delaying the general elections scheduled for mid-2016. Thailand is currently operating under a temporary charter as its previous constitution was abolished after a coup last May. A committee will convene in August and, if it approves the draft constitution, …

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by Emelina Perez

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that medical care, hygiene and food are lacking in the detention cells. …

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by Taylor Brailey

Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security and Pakistan's Intelligence Service on Tuesday agreed to share information in relation to facilitating "coordinated intelligence operations" in a memorandum of understanding. The agreement, the Landmark Intelligence Deal, is an attempt to bolster counterterrorism efforts between the two countries who have clashed for years. Pakistan's military spokesperson, Major General Asim Bajwa, announced …

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by Taylor Brailey

Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to negligence over the government's rice subsidy scheme. Yingluck maintains that she is innocent, and has stated to reporters, "I hope the court will grant me justice, and that everything will go according to due process under the law." Under the controversial …

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