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Legal news from Tuesday, February 9, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus reported Tuesday that the country's dismal human rights conditions have remained unchanged since the October presidential election. Miklós Haraszti, UN Special Rapporteur, reported human rights violations since the election that include harassment of those who attempted to practice their individual, civil, political and other rights. For example, freelance journalists have continued to …

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by Justin Cosgrove

US District Court Judge David Godbey on Monday rejected a Texas lawsuit seeking to halt the federal resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. The federal judge ruled that Texas officials had failed to show a "substantial threat of irreparable injury" in the request for an injunction to stop further Syrian refugee resettlement. The lawsuit was filed [complaint, …

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by Brittany Felder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate and locate thousands of civilians that went missing during the nation's civil war. Speaking at the end of his mission to Sri Lanka, Zeid asked that the government quickly locate civilians that are missing and identify whether …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Bosnian Serb General Zdravko Tolimir died on Monday in custody in The Hague. Tolimir was convicted of genocide and given a life sentence by UN judges in 2012. Last year the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the majority of convictions for Tolimir for his involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre …

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by Brittany Felder

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted to preserve, within the constitution, a process for declaring a state of emergency following the deadly terrorist attacks last year. The draft constitutional law, "Nation Protection, No. 3381" could allow for administrative detention "without prior permission of the person in the …

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by Taylor Isaac

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Monday that at least 21 people died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in attacks aimed at Hutus, with 40 more people being wounded and dozens of houses burned. This is the latest in a series of attacks that has …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of the UK Parliament released a report on Monday outlining its concerns with a proposed bill that plans to expand data collection and Internet spying. The Investigatory Powers Bill was intended to improve transparency after the extent of government spying was leaked by Edward Snowden, …

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by Jacqueline Jones

South Africa's Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard the case against President Jacob Zuma over expensive home renovations. The charges come after the president made more than 20 million dollars in home upgrades. In 2014, the state watchdog agency suggested that he pay back some of the money spent on the home upgrades. Last …

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by William Helbling

The Israel Parliament on Monday approved the first reading of a non-governmental organizations (NGO) transparency bill that would require any NGO that receives foreign political funding must publish the contributions. The bill, which passed in a close vote of 50 - 43, would also require NGOs to report a list of countries that support them in …

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