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Legal news from Wednesday, September 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder

A report released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) details the atrocities committed by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon, resulting in the killing of at least 400 civilians. The report details the extensive human rights violation, including shootings and suicide bombings, which have largely targeted civilians. Boko Haram has reportedly recruited …

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by Brittany Felder

A UN report released Wednesday found that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war. The report, which was delayed, stressed that it was a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation, making it harder for the analysis to be a legal analysis as there were many constraints on resources. However, …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A Canadian court on Tuesday ruled that women may be allowed to wear face-covering veils during swearing the oath of citizenship. The case, heard by a Federal Court of Appeal, was brought by Zunera Ishaq against the Canadian government after she arrived from Pakistan in 2008 and would not take part in the swearing of the oath …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday stated that no country has achieved full equality between men and women and urged the 47 members of the Human Rights Council to make efforts to achieve such equality. During an opening statement to a panel discussion on gender equality, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein blamed …

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by Jacqueline Jones

A group of South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday presented a resolution to the US Supreme Court asking it to overturn its abortion rulings in such cases as Roe v. Wade. The lawmakers believe they have significant evidence that such rulings are doing significant harm to women. The resolution passed through both South Dakota's …

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by Emelina Perez

Thirty-two nations joined a statement read to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday regarding human rights concerns in Bahrain. The message, read by a representative of Switzerland, urged Bahrain to protect citizens' freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression and to investigate reports of torture in prisons. Bahrain was also criticized for lacking guarantees to …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW), along with three anonymous individuals, filed a complaint Monday alleging that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is violating their rights by sharing communications with the US National Security Agency (NSA). The complaint alleges that GCHQ has been intercepting and storing communications from HRW and that these actions violate Articles …

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