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Legal news from Thursday, September 3, 2015
by Ashley Hogan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Turkish police of "disturbing abuse" Wednesday for their actions towards detainees in the renewed conflict with the Kurdish rebel forces. The abuses include cases in which men were severely beaten, kicked, forced to remain in kneeling positions for hours, and threatened with torture and execution. The three men …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), in partnership with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School released a report Wednesday estimating that between 80,000 to 100,000 prisoners were in what correctional officials call "restrictive housing" in 2014. The survey defined solitary confinement as holding an inmate separate from the …

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by Alexandra Farone

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein announced Thursday that UN workers were informed on August 30 that a teenage girl in the Central African Republic (CAR) was allegedly sexually abused by a French soldier last year. This allegation comes just two months after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official …

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by Alexandra Farone

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina sent a letter to both the Guatemalan congress and reporters early Thursday announcing his resignation and his intention to "stand before justice." The congress has called an emergency session to meet Thursday to accept the letter of resignation. Several hours before …

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by Matt Belenky

A Netherlands court ruled on Wednesday that a Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil joint venture must pay homeowners for property damage caused by gas drilling related earthquakes. The Dutch Safety Board has warned several times in the past few years that natural gas production in Groningen field area increases earthquake risk, and …

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