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Legal news from Monday, March 14, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A spokesperson for the Venice Commission, an advisory body within the Council of Europe, said Monday that the organization will investigate a new police surveillance law that was passed in Poland last December. The controversial law, passed by the ruling conservative party, would allow Polish police and secret service greater access to citizens' Internet activity. Many …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A Syrian has been arrested in Sweden on war crimes charges, according to the Swedish prosecutor's office Monday. The unnamed individual was arrested for suspected crimes against international law in Idlib, Syria, in 2012. Abdullah allegedly took part in a seven-person execution-style killing that was videotaped and posted online. Sweden has opened its doors to refugees from the …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday urged state court systems to stop using procedural routines and hefty fines to profit off poor defendants. DOJ officials Vanita Gupta and Lisa Foster informed chief judges and court administrators via letter that courts should be mindful of defendants trapped in a "cycle …

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by Bradley McAllister

A court in Neubrandenburg, Germany, on Monday postponed the trial of a former Nazi SS medic because the 95-year-old remains unfit to appear before the court. The trial was scheduled to open on Monday, but the court announced a doctor made an earlier determination that Hubert Zafke remains unfit for trial due to a number of health …

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by Taylor Isaac

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, expressed continued concern Monday regarding Iran's alarming rate of juvenile executions and other flaws in the justice system. Shaheed's report calls for complete removal of the juvenile death penalty, as Iran is one of the only countries still using this …

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by Bradley McAllister

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday announced the filing of an amicus brief in a US federal court arguing that the failure of US government officials to appoint lawyers to represent migrant children facing deportation violates their basic rights under international law. HRW joined with the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School and …

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by Taylor Isaac

Egyptian Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind was relieved of his position on Sunday after making controversial statements on television. After being asked a question regarding the imprisonment of journalists, al-Zind's responded that he would even imprison the Prophet Mohammed. The response was quickly the target of criticism across the Internet, including the specific Twitter hashtag "trial for Zind." He immediately issued …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN human rights investigator Marzuki Darusman urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday to push for the prosecution of top North Korean government officials for crimes against humanity. Darusman stressed that though the UNHRC, General Assembly and Security Council have previously discussed North Korea's human rights violations, …

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by William Helbling

The Myanmar government on Monday release 46 underage and child recruits from the military. Myanmar has released 745 underage recruits since the country became a part of a UN joint action plan in 2012. The UN believes the continued release of the underage recruits is necessary to the country's continued growth and development within society. Myanmar was …

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by William Helbling

A Moscow arbitration court on Monday rejected an appeal by Google, upholding a ruling that the US-based company broke anti-monopoly laws by abusing its dominant position within the cellular application industry. Russian Internet company Yandex brought the case to the Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS) claiming that Google broke the law by requiring the …

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