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Legal news from Thursday, February 18, 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Khmer Rouge former head of state, Khieu Samphan, on Wednesday challenged the 2014 life sentence imposed by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for crimes against humanity. Samphan stated that he was simply fighting for "social justice" in Cambodia and said, "I shall shout loudly that I never wanted to …

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by Miracle Jones

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday strongly condemned the violence that took place Wednesday night between Shilluk and Dinka youths at one of its Protection of Civilians sites in South Sudan. Due to the civil war in the country, 198,440 Sudanese people reside at various UN protection sites, …

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by Taylor Gillan

India's high court on Thursday expressed concern over law and order following widespread protests over the arrest of a student leader for sedition. Kanhaiya Kumar, the head of the student union at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, was arrested last Friday for sedition for allegedly chanting ant-India slogans at a rally last week. He has denied participating in the …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A top migration official at EU has warned Austria on Thursday not to go ahead with the implementation of its plans to cap the asylum-seeker numbers, stating that any such move would be unlawful. Dimitris Avramopoulos wrote a letter to Austria's interior minister stating that Austria has a legal obligation to accept asylum applications made on its territory …

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by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law on "joint enterprise" has been misinterpreted for 30 years, opening the door for many convicted murderers to appeal their convictions. Under the former interpretation of the law, a person could be convicted of murder without committing the murder himself if he acted in conjunction with the killer …

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by William Helbling

Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday that Egyptian officials have ordered for the closure of a torture rehabilitation center that had been a refuge to victims of human rights violations. Early on Wednesday, Egyptian police officers entered the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence with a closure order approved by the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

US military judge James Pohl refused on Wednesday to allow accused 9/11 conspirator Walid bin Attash to fire his attorneys and refusedto let his defender to quit the case. In response Attash has stated he will boycott the proceedings and refuse all contact with his attorneys, which are provided by the Pentagon. Attash's attorney claims she is …

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by Brittany Felder

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Muslim American Raja'ee Fatihah, who was denied service at an Oklahoma gun range last year. CAIR, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Oklahoma argue that the gun range, Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Louisiana cannot enforce an abortion law while the state is appealing a pretrial order against it. US District Judge John deGravelles ruled in January that part of an abortion law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors who provide abortions is unconstitutional. Section A(2)(a) of Act 620 [text, …

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