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Legal news from Friday, February 12, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday upheld President Nicolás Maduro's "economic emergency decree" as legal and valid despite Congress's rejection. The decree allows the president to control the budget, companies and the currency. The opposition-led Congress maintained that the legislation failed to offer solutions to the country's inflation, recession and shortages. The court stated [El Universal report, …

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by Kasey Tuttle

UN human rights experts urged the Nigerian government Friday to guarantee the safety of areas liberated from Boko Haram. The UN experts expressed concern for the safety of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning home to these areas after a series of vicious Boko Haram attacks. Boko Haram recently raided an IDP settlement and killed more than 90 individuals, …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Amnesty International (AI) reported on Thursday that nearly five years after Bahrain's Day of Rage protests sparked international concern over Bahraini government accountability in human rights, the hope for reform has dwindled. In Bahrain, February 14, 2011, was marked by a day of protests that ultimately ended in the death and torture of human rights …

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by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Minnesota on Thursday ordered a Bosnian man to be deported after he pleaded guilty to lying on immigration forms about his criminal history during the Bosnian war. Zdenko Jekisa has resided in the US for 18 years and has been a lawful permanent resident …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Kansas upheld a decision on Thursday that found unequal state educational funding to be unconstitutional. The court gave the state's legislature until June 30 to implement a valid dispersal of funds. If the legislature cannot enact an approved procedure before the deadline, the opinion read, "the schools in Kansas will be unable …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday that hostilities in eastern Ukraine have damaged or destroyed hundreds of schools, many of which were being used for military purposes. According to a detailed investigative report, government forces and Russia-backed militants have deployed forces in and near schools, turning the schools into legitimate military targets. The resulting destruction …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A Moroccan judge on Thursday ordered the release of Younis Chekkouri, a former Guantanamo detainee who had remained in custody for nearly five months despite diplomatic assurances that he would be freed after his transfer to the country. Chekkouri's case drew scrutiny because authorities in Morocco apparently told the US that he would be released without …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Territories Makarim Wibisono urged Israel on Thursday to address its use of excessive force against Palestinians and to charge or release all administrative detainees. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, Wibinso claimed that there have been 157 Palestinians killed and 5,680 Palestinians improperly detained as of …

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