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Legal news from Thursday, November 12, 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Ukrainian Parliament approved a resolution Thursday that recognizes the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide. On May 18, 1944, under orders from Josef Stalin, more than 180,000 indigenous people were deported from Crimea on the grounds that the Tatar people had allegedly collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II. …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Recent state-drive reforms within China's judicial system have failed to cease the practice of torturing suspects in order to force confessions, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI). Since 2010, the Chinese government has been scrutinized over human rights violations. AI said Chinese lawyers are finding their attempts to assist clients in seeking …

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by Ram Eachambadi

UN human rights expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed concern Thursday about the situation faced by the indigenous people of Honduras, specifically in connection with their land and natural resource rights, their lack of access to justice, education and health, and the general environment of violence and impunity affecting their communities. In her end-of-mission statement, she described the situation …

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by Ashley Hogan

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum voiced support for the Yazidi community in Iraq on Thursday and said that the Islamic State (IS) militants committed genocide against the Yazidi people. The atrocities witnessed by the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide "Bearing Witness" team took place between June and August 2014 and are …

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by Matthew Santiago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two bills on Wednesday in order to expedite the distribution of medical marijuana to citizens with critical health conditions. Though statewide medical marijuana distribution will begin in January, the governor and lawmakers acknowledged that at-risk patients may require immediate relief "to avoid suffering and loss of life." Cuomo …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Constitutional Court of Spain on Wednesday suspended Catalonia's secession resolution following an appeal by the Spanish central government asking the court to review the resolution. Earlier this week the Catalan Parliament passed the resolution to begin secession from Spain, declaring that the decision is not subject to …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Ukrainian Parliament approved legislation Thursday to protect individuals from sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, removing the last barrier to EU visa-free travel into the country. The bill failed several times before receiving 234 votes, surpassing the requisite 226 votes needed to pass through parliament. The bill will amend the country's labor code …

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