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Legal news from Wednesday, September 9, 2015
by Matt Belenky

Rwanda's Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a case challenging a change to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third seven-year term. The effort to extend the term limit has sparked concern with neighboring African countries as well as the US, which has remained a major donor and ally to …

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by Matt Belenky

Ukrainian officials on Tuesday accepted International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction over crimes that may have occurred since February of last year. Fighting and political clashes between Russian and Ukrainians loyalists after Russia's annexation of Crimea have been ongoing since late 2013. Ukraine had previously accepted ICC jurisdiction over crimes occurring in its territory …

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by Brittany Felder

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Tuesday that approximately 8,000 people have been killed in Eastern Ukraine since April of last year. Much of the killing has been attributed to shelling of residential areas. The report discussed primarily what happened from May to August of this year …

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by Brittany Felder

Former Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina, labeled a "flight risk," was jailed in a preventive prison pending investigation on Tuesday following an indictment over corruption charges. The judge gave the prosecution three months to conduct an investigation and then the trial against Pérez Molina will commence. The judge also …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The city of Baltimore on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with the family of Freddie Gray worth $6.4 million. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the settlement will now be sent to the Baltimore Board of Estimates for a vote but also noted that the settlement offer is not an admission of guilt. The mayor …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses due to personal beliefs, was released from jail on Tuesday. District Judge David Bunning of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky said that licenses were now being issued according to the recent US Supreme Court decision in …

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by Matt Belenky

The International Criminal Court has requested that South Africa provide an explanation for the country's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. As an ICC member, South Africa was required to arrest Bashir on his two-day stay in the country during a mid-June summit. Bashir is sought by the ICC on charges of …

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by Matt Belenky

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned the recent "crackdown" on dissent in Azerbaijan, denouncing the imprisonment of journalist and human rights activist Khadija Ismayilova. In particular, Zeid criticized the continued suppression of independent voices throughout the country. Zeid called for "the release of all those who have …

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