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Legal news from Wednesday, November 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday that a proposed provision in Thailand's constitution would permit the nation's military to commit human rights abuses without fear of punishment in violation of international treaties. A new constitutional provision before Thailand's legislative body, known as the the junta or the National Council for Peace and Order, would exculpate …

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by Bradley McAllister

An appellate court in Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that the application of a state law that prohibits possession of certain knives violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The law in Wisconsin regarding the Possession of a Switchblade Knife [§ 941.24(1), text] prohibits possession of "any knife having a blade which opens by pressing a button, spring …

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by Steven Wildberger

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the suspension of 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burundi, calling it "an attempt by Burundian authorities to silence dissenting voices and to limit the democratic space." The commissioner noted that these 10 NGOs join five media outlets suspended in June, which "reduces …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Obama Administration on Tuesday volunteered to forego its right to respond to states' filings opposing the new immigration policy in exchange for an expedited process that would have the challenge decided this term. Following a February district court ruling in favor of the states, affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda during his trial, was convicted by a federal jury in March on …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday signed an executive order that automatically restores voting rights and the right to hold public office to certain offenders after their sentences have been satisfied. The order, which excludes those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery, and treason, was applauded by advocates for criminal …

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