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Legal news from Friday, April 1, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Supreme Court of Brazil ruled Thursday that it will take over the corruption probe against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva instead of returning the case to federal Judge Serio Moro. Senior officials are not immune from prosecution, but can only be tried before the Supreme Court. Judge Sergio Moro has been leading the corruption …

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by Kasey Tuttle

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed his deep concern about the latest reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). The High Commissioner is seeking an investigation into the alleged conduct of the UN and French troops. He said the UN is taking these allegations …

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by Alonso Diaz

Mexican immigration authorities are returning children that might qualify for formal protection from violence in Central America, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday in a report. The report states that by law "Mexico offers protection to refugees as well as to others who would face risks to their lives or safety if returned to their …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Following a court decision in Brussels Thursday, Belgian authorities agreed to extradite Paris attack suspect, Salah Abdeslam, to France. Abdeslam was captured in Brussels four days before terror attacks struck an airport and metro station in the capital. He is being held in Brussels, pending questioning by Belgian authorities about the Brussels attacks. The extradition [BBC …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Turkey has been forcibly returning up to 100 refugees to Syria per day, since mid-January, Amnesty International (AI) reported Friday. In addition to Turkish authorities rounding-up refugees in migrant camps near the border, AI has also alleged that some migrants attempting to register in Turkey were, instead, removed back to Syria. The report criticized the recent …

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by Mark Casper

Migrant workers preparing for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar, are facing systematic abuses, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report released Thursday. The report included interviews from 234 migrant workers building the Kahlifa International Stadium in Doha or landscaping areas surrounding the Aspire Zone sports complex. These interviews revealed that many workers had …

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by Matthew Santiago

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Thursday acknowledged the Republic of Moldova's recent efforts to address governmental issues and promote human rights. Simonovic noted various reforms implemented by Prime Minister Pavel Filip, including a National Human Rights Action Plan and a requirement that Moldova's Parliament be 40 percent …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Military High Court of Kanombe in Rwanda on Thursday sentenced Colonel Tom Byabagamba and retired Brigadier General Frank Rusagara to 21 and 20 years in prison respectively on charges of inciting insurrection and tarnishing the government's image. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the prosecution had accused them of criticizing the government, "alleging state involvement …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, on Friday appealed to the country to strengthen the protection of its women and the rights of its indigenous peoples. In her End of Mission Statement on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Smith particularly highlighted the "prevalence of violence against …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Supreme Court of Uganda on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to the presidential election held in February which resulted in President Yoweri Museveni being re-elected to a fifth term in office. Opposing candidate Amama Mbabazi, who finished in third place in the election, accused the electoral commission of producing false results and …

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by Kasey Tuttle

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi struck down Mississippi's ban on adoption by same-sex partners on Thursday. The Campaign for Southern Equality, Family Equality Council and two female same-sex couples challenged the ban as unconstitutional for discriminating against legally married couples based on the gender of the …

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