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Legal news from Sunday, February 21, 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Amnesty International (AI) on Friday reported that Turkey has denied entry to many injured Syrian refugees attempting to cross its borders. The refugees are fleeing after bombing in the northern Aleppo countryside over the last two weeks. According to AI, Turkish authorities have even shot and injured those attempting to cross the border unofficially in order to …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized Omani courts for jailing two online activists over posts they wrote on social media websites. In one of the cases, former diplomat Hassan al-Basham was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month for insulting God and the country's leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, on Facebook and …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The Nigerian army on Saturday set up a human rights office at its headquarters in the capital city of Abuja in order to continue training officers about respecting rights of citizens. This comes in light of the country's ongoing battle against the insurgent Islamic group Boko Haram, as well as other terrorist groups. The announcement comes after …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A former member of the Black Panthers was released from prison on Friday after having spent a record 43 years in solitary confinement. Albert Woodfox had been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to isolation in the Louisiana State …

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