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Legal news from Monday, September 14, 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday released a letter to Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour encouraging the strengthening of amendments proposed to the country's 1960 penal code to better protect human rights. The articles, which are under review by Jordan's Legislative and Opinion Bureau, would amend more than 180 of the code's current articles. …

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by Brittany Felder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday, gave the opening statement at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in which he addressed, among other pressing human rights issues, the migrant crisis. In his statement, he commended the efforts of ordinary citizens in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden …

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by Taylor Gillan

A Ferguson, Missouri, reform panel on Monday released a report calling for the consolidation of police departments and municipal courts. The 16-member Ferguson Commission, established by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon following the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African American teenager, by a white police officer, is supported by Nixon but lacks power to …

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by Brittany Felder

Kentucky official Kim Davis, held in contempt for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses said Monday that she will not block her clerks from issuing the licenses. Davis was returning to work Monday following her release from jail last week. Davis warned, however, that the licenses would be issued without her authorization, which …

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