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Legal news from Thursday, March 3, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

The Delhi High Court granted bail Wednesday to student political leader Kanhaiya Kumar who was arrested with other students on February 9 when he rallied against the execution of Kashmiri separatist Mohammed Afzal Guru. The arrests sparked massive protests across India, with many accusing the government of violating free speech and peaceful dissent, but the government …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday passed two resolutions calling for an international tribunal in the Middle East to address the alleged war crimes committed by the government of Syria and its allies, specifically Russia and Iran. The resolutions call on the president to direct the UN ambassador to promote the establishment of …

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by Miracle Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing Leilani Farha warned Thursday that homelessness is increasing in every country due to government inaction. Presenting a report to the UN Human Rights Council, Farha said that homelessness has become a global crisis because of government failure to respond to structural issues and legislation that allows …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesdayhalted the March 17 execution of James Asay. This is the second time the court indefinitely postponed a scheduled execution. In February, the court issued a stay of execution for Cary Michael Lambrix after the US Supreme Court determined in Hurst v. Florida that the …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Pheu Thai Party filed a complaint with the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Thursday over the detention of one of its key figures, Watana Muangsook accusing the government of serious human rights violations. Acting Pheu Thai Party leader Viroj Pao-In wrote to High Commissioner for Human Rights …

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by Taylor Gillan

A Ukrainian pilot on trial in Russia on Thursday told the court she is going on a dry hunger strike after facing another delay at trial. Nadezhda Savchenko has been charged with complicity in the killing of two journalists, with prosecutors accusing her of providing coordinates to the Ukrainian army for the attack in which the reporters were killed. According …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a landmark minimum-wage law on Wednesday. The law makes Oregon the first state to mandate higher pay in cities than rural areas. The system works according to the specific economic need in a particular region, taking the cost of living of each into account. The minimum wage is …

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by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday lifted injunctions blocking Argentina from paying its restructured debt. According to Judge Thomas Griesa, the circumstances of the situation have changed so significantly that the injunction was now detrimental to public interest. Lawyers for a majority of Argentina's …

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by William Helbling

A retired lieutenant colonel and a former paramilitary were ordered to pay more than USD $1 million in damages to victims of sexual slavery and other crimes against humanity during Guatemala's Civil War and decades of armed conflict. Both retired Lt. Col. Esteelmer Francisco Reyes Giron and former paramilitary Heriberto Valdez Asij reportedly do not have the money [AP …

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by William Helbling

A UK judge ruled Wednesday that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) can be sued by two Nigerian towns in a British court for their involvement in oil leaks in Nigeria. Lawyers from Leigh Day brought a case in England against the oil conglomerate on behalf of the Nigerian towns of Ogale and Bille. The lawsuit stems …

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