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Legal news from Wednesday, June 3, 2015
by Taylor Brailey

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continue to face discrimination and human rights abuses, according to a report from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released Tuesday. The commission found that while LGBT rights have increased since the UN's first study found widespread discrimination and violence …

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by Devin Montgomery

Privacy software company Disconnect announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play store in August 2014. Disconnect claims that …

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by Taylor Brailey

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Tuesday urged the government to move from "apology to action" in its policies and programs directed toward restoring the aboriginal peoples' relationships with the rest of the country. The TRC interviewed more than 7,000 individuals to track a six-year timeline of abuse and neglect of the aboriginal peoples, …

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by Emelina Perez

Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization condemned the arrests. Authorities announced on …

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by Emelina Perez

A Guantanamo detainee has alleged that the CIA's torture techniques went beyond those described in last year's Senate Intelligence Committee report, Reuters reported Tuesday. Majid Khan was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and confessed to delivering money to al Qaeda used for a bombing in Jakarta that killed 11 people. He also admitted to planning with …

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by Matt Belenky

A judge for the Quebec Superior Court has awarded over $15 billion (USD $12 billion) in damages to Quebec smokers in a case against tobacco companies JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, making this the largest award for damages and the biggest class action lawsuit in Canada's history. In a ruling made public Monday, Superior …

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by Matt Belenky

The US Senate approved the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, which reduces the federal government's surveillance of Americans' phone records. Shortly after the approval, President Barack Obama signed the measure into law, stating:y Administration will work expeditiously to ensure our national security professionals again have the full set of vital tools …

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