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Legal news from Thursday, February 4, 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced two minors for the murder of a Palestinian teenager. The court sentenced one of the minors to life in prison while the other received 21 years as they were believed to have had a lesser role in the crime. A third minor is awaiting his verdict following a psychological examination. The Israeli minors were …

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by Miracle Jones

In an open letter released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, passed with broad support in parliament …

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by Brittany Felder

UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Robert Piper on Tuesday expressed concern over "the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers." Piper specifically mentioned the case of Mohammed Al-Qiq, a detainee whose health is rapidly declining and reaching potentially irreversible damage. Al-Qiq has been on a hunger strike for approximately …

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by Brittany Felder

Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP, include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States of America, and Vietnam. One of the …

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by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez on Thursday called on the Mauritanian authorities to protect suspects and detainees from abuse and torture while being held in the country. The call to implement already existing laws and safeguards comes after Méndez spent ten days on an official visit to the country. He was particularly concerned …

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by Kasey Tuttle

French police have discriminated against Muslims residing in France under the state of emergency law imposed in November according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday. The state of emergency expands police power for searches and arrests, and allows authorities to restrict movement of individuals and vehicles within …

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