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Legal news from Tuesday, November 24, 2015
by Emelina Perez

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted on Tuesday to pass a law granting transgender people the right to change their gender on legal documents. The new law was approved by 282 of 366 law makers after the National Assembly's Standing Committee submitted a report on a wide range of legal issues faced by transgender people in …

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by Emelina Perez

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana filed a lawsuit against Governor Mike Pence and the state's Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration on Monday, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, after Pence announced his plans to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state as well as assistance from state agencies. …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday that a Wisconsin abortion law requiring providers to have admitting privileges is unconstitutional. The suit, brought by Planned Parenthood, argued that since abortion providers were required to have transfer agreements with hospitals, requiring doctors to have admitting privileges was unnecessary. The appeals court …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released its ruling that the US government may keep secret memoranda related to the legal justification for the use of drones for targeted killings of those in other countries believed to be involved in terrorism. Though the opinion was drafted last month, it was placed under …

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by Taylor Gillan

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia on Tuesday urged Thailand to immediately close a military detention center in Bangkok where two high-profile inmates have died in the last month. The office also called for the end of military detention facilities being used to hold civilian prisoners, a cry echoed by Human Rights Watch (HRW) …

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by William Helbling

A Thailand military court on Tuesday indicted two foreigners who authorities believe were involved in the Erawan Shrine bombing last August. The two men from the western China's Xinjiang region have been charged with 10 counts, including conspiracy to explode bombs and to commit premeditated murder. An arrest warrant was issued in August after a sketch from …

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by William Helbling

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Supreme Court on Monday sentenced a Kuwait lawmaker for his comments and criticism directed to the UAE and state officials. Last year Kuwaiti lawmaker Mubarak al-Duwailah criticized Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan on live television for his stance against the Muslim Brotherhood …

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by Jacqueline Jones

A Russian Court on Monday banned the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology. The court banned the church stating that it does not comply with federal laws on freedom of religion because 'Scientology' is a US trademark. This is the latest in a series of battles between the Russian government and US-based organizations. The church plans …

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by Brittany Felder

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday declared that corruption is a "standing threat to our national security". Kenyatta's comments come amid criticism [M&G Africa report] that he has lost the fight against corruption. Noting that "the bribe accepted by an official can lead to successful terrorist attacks that kill Kenyans," Kenyatta said that the fight against corruption …

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by Brittany Felder

Belgian prosecutors said Monday that they have charged a fourth suspect in connection with the Paris attacks. Mohammed Amri and Hamza Attou have been charged, along with two unnamed individuals, for aiding Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who remains at large. The four individuals charged were among 16 arrested as police conducted 22 raids on …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, warned Monday that the increasing polarization of the political parties in Cambodia is reaching a breaking point. Smith is concerned about the possible human rights implication of the polarization. She said that "elected leaders have a responsibility to act in the interest of …

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