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Legal news from Monday, February 22, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Lawyers for Julian Assange on Monday requested that a Swedish Court overturn an arrest warrant the court had issued against Assange. The request follows a report released by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) that found Assange's three-and-a-half years in the Ecuadorian embassy amount to "arbitrary detention." A spokesperson for Assange …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) released a report today urging Australia’s political parties to stop eroding the foundations of Australia’s democracy. The report goes on to say that the foundation of democracy includes an active civil society, a free press, informed and diverse public debate, protest rights and the checks and balances provided …

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by Taylor Isaac

Apple Inc. on Monday asked the US government to create a panel of experts to discuss issues of security versus privacy, stemming from the emergence of a legal conflict between law enforcement and the company last week. News quickly broke through an online "Message to Our Customers" on Apple's website that Apple intended to oppose …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Greek Parliament approved a bill on Saturday which provides health insurance and municipality jobs to poor Greek citizens affected by the country's recent austerity measures. Last October, the Syriza-controlled government passed more burdensome tax laws and a more cost-efficient pension program in order to satisfy foreign creditor requirements under a new bailout …

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by Taylor Isaac

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law on Sunday that prohibits state contracts with organizations that promote or perform abortions. Although not specifically named in the bill, the legislation will prevent about $1.3 million in state funding from going to Planned Parenthood. The organization has voiced its disapproval of the …

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by Matthew Santiago

A Cairo-based rehabilitation center for torture victims filed an application to the court on Sunday to postpone its pending closure. Last Wednesday, Egyptian police officers advised the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence that they will shut down the center on Monday due to unspecified health ministry violations. Aida Seif el-Dawla, the …

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by Kasey Tuttle

An Iranian appeals court sentenced filmmaker Keywan Karimi to one year in prison for "insulting sanctities" on Monday, reducing his initial sentence of six years. The sentence resulted from Karimi's film focusing on political graffiti in Iran since the 1979 Revolution. Iran has recently cracked down on freedom of expression, harshly punishing journalists and poets. Citizens have been …

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