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Legal news from Tuesday, February 23, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic reported that the Syrian conflict has had an unyielding effect on civilians as it enters in its sixth year. A concerted and sustained international action to find a political solution is needed to end the violence and grave violations of human rights, …

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by Taylor Isaac

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Italy for their role in the 2003 kidnapping situation in connection with the US extraordinary rendition program. The court stated that Italy failed to perform their duty to protect someone in custody from torture or inhumane punishment, which was said to occur after Hassan Mustafa Osama …

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by Taylor Isaac

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday that new measures put in place by many European countries are too restrictive and place undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers. The measures at issue include daily acceptance limits for refugees, daily limits on accepted asylum applications and profiling people in ways that create protection risks. The …

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by Alexandra Farone

US President Barack Obama delivered his plan to close Guantanamo Bay to Congress on Tuesday. This plan comes seven years after Obama first announced he planned to shut down the prison before the end of his presidency. Under the proposed plan, detainees not fit for US prosecution or deportation would be transferred to …

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by Alonso Diaz

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Russia violated the right of Alexei Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov to a fair trial. Navalny was convicted of organizing and Ofitserov of facilitating large-scale embezzlement, including timber worth $500,000 from the state-owned company, Kirovles. The two defendants were tried after an anonymous co-accused party who served as …

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by Alexandra Farone

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Tuesday over the tense situation in Uganda after Thursday's election where President Yoweri Museveni apparently won a fifth term in office. At least two people have been reported killed with an unknown number injured, and military and …

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by Brittany Felder

The Utah Senate on Monday voted to advance Senate Bill 73, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana in various forms such as vapor or edible form. The bill allows for dispensaries to operate legally as long as they abide by statutory guidelines concerning licenses, inventory, inventory control, health requirements and general operating …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Amnesty International (AI) warned Tuesday that Austria is violating the human rights of asylum seekers by putting caps of 80 requests per day through the main migrant route. Heinz Patzelt, of Amnesty International Austria said on ORF radio "he Geneva Convention does not know the terms quota or admission …

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by William Helbling

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on small business owners' veterans benefits and the suppression of evidence under the exclusionary rule. Kingdomware Technologies v. United States deals with the rights of small-business-owning veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2006 Congress passed a …

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