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Legal news from Friday, September 4, 2015
by Taylor Brailey

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday called for increased accountability for criminal acts by international peacekeepers. While recognizing the gradual positive security developments over the past year, Zeid stressed the importance of further improvement, especially in those countries where armed groups are present. He indicated that the leaders of …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Extraordinary African Chambers confirmed Thursday that war crime accusations have been filed against Chad's President Idriss Deby. The special tribunal in Senegal is overseeing the case against the former president of Chad, Hissène Habré, who was accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. A Senegalese lawyer, Mbaye Jacques …

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by Taylor Brailey

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday reinstated a case claiming Nevada has failed to provide voter registration services to its low-income citizens, as required under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The district court originally dismissed plaintiffs' complaint with prejudice for lack of both Article III …

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by William Helbling

A US district court judge on Thursday held Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for her continued refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling by District Judge David Bunning came after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion to hold her in contempt earlier this …

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by Ashley Hogan

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a transgender immigrant was protected from being deported to Mexico under the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT). Edin Avendano-Hernandez petitioned the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to withhold removal to Mexico based on repeated instances of physical and sexual abuse …

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by Alexandra Farone

Five judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued an opinion stating that the circuit's decision to uphold the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was "clearly and gravely wrong." The federal government argues that if the religious non-profit groups file a document noting their objection to providing …

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by Alexandra Farone

Syrian civilians are facing war crimes and crimes against humanity with "no end in sight," a group of UN human rights experts said Thursday. The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic issued its latest report on the civil war in Syria Thursday. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, chair of …

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by William Helbling

The Israeli Parliament on Thursday passed a new law that will ban journalists from expressing their opinions on the county's public broadcasting network. The new public broadcast law passed by a vote of 25-18. The law states that journalists should "avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels." Many journalists and groups …

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