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Legal news from Tuesday, September 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Monday filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky asking the court to enforce orders relating to the issuance of marriage licenses. The ACLU is requesting that the court order the Rowan County Deputy Clerk to distribute marriage …

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by Taylor Gillan

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday rejected a UN recommendation for international involvement in its domestic investigation into alleged war crimes. The UN released a report earlier this month finding that war crimes may have been committed during the Sri Lankan civil war, encouraging the creation of a hybrid special court to …

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by Taylor Gillan

A Brazil court on Monday sentenced former treasurer of the country's governing Worker's Party Joao Vaccari Neto to 15 years and four months in jail for charges stemming from his connection to the Petrobras corruption scandal. Vaccari was found guilty of corruption, money laundering and conspiracy, having accepted at least USD$1 …

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by William Helbling

A Pakistani court on Tuesday suspended the execution of a paraplegic prisoner after numerous human rights groups claimed that a hanging would be cruel and inhumane. The suspension of the execution comes after Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Pakistani government earlier this week to halt the execution of paralyzed prisoner Abdul Basit, arguing that …

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by William Helbling

The UN Human Rights Council held a dialogue Monday with the Syrian Arab Republic discussing ways to end diplomatic gridlock and bring peace back to the nation. During the meeting, Syrian officials were presented with a commission report that discussed the disintegration of the Syrian nation and examples of civilians suffering within the country. …

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by Steven Wildberger

A secret military court in Pakistan on Monday sentenced nine men to death and another to life in prison on terrorism-related charges. The men were accused of a variety of acts, including attacks on army convoys in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an attack in the Baluchistan province that killed 27 people, and an attack on a …

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by Steven Wildberger

A 91-year-old German woman was charged today for her role at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp as an SS radio operator from April to June 1944. German prosecutors from the state of Schleswig-Holstein announced that the woman, whose name was not disclosed due to German privacy laws, has been charged with 260,000 counts of …

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