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Legal news from Thursday, March 24, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed grave concern on Wednesday over the closure of hundreds of Egypt's civil society organizations and the prosecutions of numerous human rights activists in Egypt for their legitimate work since November 2014. The High Commissioner stated that, "his looks like a clampdown on sections of …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The top UN official for human rights expressed serious concern on Thursday over a recent agreement between the EU and Turkey to "stem the flow" of refugees and migrants into Greece and Europe. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stated his concern that without assessing each individual case the deal between the EU and …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed the indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists. The computer specialists regularly works for the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The indictment charged that the computer specialists were behind cyber attacks on dozens of American banks and that the group attempted to take over the controls for …

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by Miracle Jones

Female rights activists in Sudan are facing harassment, violence, and other rights abuses, Human Right Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The report found that women in the region are subjected to abuses including genital mutilation by Sudanese security forces. The report found that while both men and women face repressive tactics when fighting for human rights, …

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by Miracle Jones

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed multiple charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case of Commander Dominic Ongwen of the Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The hearing took place to confirm more than 70 charges listed in the warrant of arrest that included mutilations, …

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by Brittany Felder

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic convicted Thursday of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to 40 years by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The crimes for which Karadzic were convicted took place during the conflicts in Bosnia and …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday that Myanmar's new government has been presented with a historic opportunity to change course on human rights, but that doing so would mean making a commitment to break away from its previous "deeply repressive legal framework that for years has fueled arbitrary arrests and repression." In a newly published research report …

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by Brittany Felder

The UN Human Rights Council decided Wednesday to establish a three-person commission to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in South Sudan. The commission was established for a year term and will "monitor and report on the situation of human rights in South Sudan and make recommendations for its improvement," producing a written report that …

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by Taylor Gillan

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Wednesday signed into law a bill that prevents local governments from enacting their own nondiscrimination ordinances. Under the new law, which was passed by both chambers of the state's legislature during a special session, cities and counties will be unable to pass laws allowing transgender people …

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by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged Iran to end restrictions that prevent access to lawyers for those charged with national security crimes. According to the rights group, there have been several instances of people charged with political or national security crimes being denied access to independent legal counsel during the investigative process or their being …

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