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Legal news from Sunday, May 31, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 casualties included 700 policemen and 550 civilians killed between June …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday decided not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo detainee being force-fed. The court concluded that it was without jurisdiction to issue orders regarding …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed Egyptian-American prisoner Mohammed Soltan, who had been sentenced to life in prison and had been on a hunger strike for over a year. As a precondition to Soltan's release, he had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship. Soltan was convicted on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news." Soltan is …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday struck down portions of two Idaho abortion laws. The Pain- Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The court struck it down as "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability." The court also found that the …

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by Ashley Hogan

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Saturday called on several states to investigate allegations that members of their peacekeeping forces sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) have committed serious human rights violations. It is reported that soldiers have engaged in the killing of civilians, summary executions, abductions and …

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