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Legal news from Tuesday, June 2, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, on Monday urged the government of Somalia to continue working to increase human rights protections. Bahame Nyanduga stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression, noting that, "Somali journalists are often harassed, arrested, censored, even imprisoned, and media organisations are closed down." …

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by Valerie Howell

A Hungarian appeals court on Monday ordered the retrial of Bela Biszku, a high-ranking leader of the Hungarian Communist Party, who was convicted for war crimes following the 1956 uprising. The intermediate court found that the verdict rendered at trial was "unfounded" and "not suitable for revision" due to errors in the lower court's …

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by Valerie Howell

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine released its tenth report on Monday, documenting the serious human rights abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine. The violations include "shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking and the lack of justice and accountability, as well as deprivation of economic and social rights." …

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by Brittany Felder

South Korea and China on Monday signed a bilateral free trade agreement that will eliminate most tariffs between the two countries over the next two decades. After approximately three years of negotiations, Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick signed the agreement in Seoul, South Korea, which will remove …

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by Brittany Felder

Key provisions of the USA Patriot Act expired Monday after a late Senate Vote failed to establish an extension. The provisions that expired were in Section 215 of the act and included: the "Bulk Data Collection" provision, which allowed the government to collect data, the "Lone Wolf" provision, which allowed surveillance on individuals not directly tied …

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by Steven Wildberger

Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by former Serbian spy agency chief Radomir Markovic. Milosevic's wife, Mirjana …

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by Steven Wildberger

Sohel Rana and 40 other people were charged with murder on Monday over the 2013 collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people. Bangladesh authorities brought charges against Rana, the building owner, as well as his parents and more than a dozen government officials for ignoring warnings that should have …

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