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Legal news from Sunday, September 6, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that the Swazi government is continuing to use repressive laws as a way of silencing those opposed to the government and suppressing freedom of expression. AI made these statements on the day of the forty-seventh anniversary of Swaziland's independence, noting that such laws include the the 1938 Sedition …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Thailand's military-backed legislature, known as the National Reform Council, on Sunday rejected a draft of a new constitution. The draft was rejected by a vote of 135-105, with seven abstentions, which will likely delay elections planned for next year until at least 2017. A new 21-member drafting committee must now be appointed to write a new constitution within 180 …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Friday that voter-approved initiative 1240, which allowed 40 charter schools across the state, is unconstitutional. The court determined that the schools cannot receive public funding because the state superintendent has no control over the curriculum or day-to-day activities at the schools. A group of Washington School Administrators and the League …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A Chilean appeals court on Saturday upheld the convictions of two men for the killing of two Americans in 1973. The Appeals Court of Santiago affirmed the seven-year sentence of General Pedro Espinoza Bravo and the two-year sentence of Rafael Gonzalez Berdugo. The men were charged after the murders of documentary filmmaker Charles Horman and journalist Frank …

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