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Legal news from Wednesday, September 23, 2015
by Matt Belenky

A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged authorities in Saudi Arabia to block the execution of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was convicted of involvement in the Arab Spring protests when he was 17. The experts said, "ny judgment imposing the death penalty upon persons who were children at the time of the …

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by Matt Belenky

The advocate general of the European Court of Justice proclaimed on Wednesday that the copious amount of EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies violates EU's data protection and rights to privacy laws. The Luxembourg court's advocate general Yves Bot suggested that the court do away with the "Safe …

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by Brittany Felder

Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, announced on Tuesday that he is moving forward with a national constitutional referendum, in what many call a ploy to extend his presidency. The referendum will concern issues such as raising the maximum age for presidential candidates and eliminating the two-term limit for presidents. Sassou …

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by Brittany Felder

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Tuesday that it had transferred Guantanamo detainee Abdul Shalabi. Shalabi, who likely was a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden, was transferred to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a Periodic Review Board determined in June that, although he …

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by William Hibbitts

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday invalidated the copyright claim to the lyrics of the song "Happy Birthday." The court considered the question of whether Warner/Chapelle Music, inc., as the successors of Summy Co., had a valid copyright claim to the lyrics of "Happy Birthday." Chief …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Senate on Tuesday voted against a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Supporters of the bill, which needed 60 votes but only received 54, contend that fetuses begin to feel pain around this time in the gestation period. All but two Senate democrats voted nay. …

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by Emelina Perez

Lawyers for Bowe Bergdahl filed a petition with the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals asking for the public release of unclassified documents that were admitted into evidence in a public preliminary hearing last week. In 2009 Bowe Bergdahl, then a Sergeant in the US Army, was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held for five …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Two UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on the Philippines government to investigate the deaths of three human rights defenders in the province of Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. One activist, the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), was found murdered in one of the ALCADEV classrooms in the town …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Hungary's National Assembly on Tuesday approved a law allowing the Hungarian army to use non-lethal weapons on refugees entering the country illegally. The new law allows the army to assist police in checking passports, controlling the flow of migrant traffic and detaining suspects. However, the law also permits the army to use …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday that Egypt violated international law during the creation of a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. According to HRW, the creation of the buffer zone required demolition of more than 3,200 buildings in the Sinai Peninsula between July 2013 and August 2015, resulting in the displacement and …

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