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Legal news from Monday, April 11, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Three UN human rights experts experts urged Egypt on Monday to cease its ongoing crackdown on humans rights defenders and organizations. They stated that Egypt is failing in its international responsibility to provide a safe and enabling environment for civil society in the country. The experts added that the Egyptian government must immediately put an end to all …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Sunday offered amendments to an alternative execution bill (HB 815) that would have required the use of the electric chair if lethal injections are unavailable. McAuliffe scrapped the bill's provision allowing for electrocution stating that Virginians "do not wish to be forced into using this terrible form …

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by Matthew Santiago

Former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Sabrina de Sousa filed an appeal in Portugal's Constitutional Court Monday in a last attempt to prevent her extradition to Italy to serve a six-year sentence for her involvement in a US extraordinary renditions program. De Sousa was arrested in a Portuguese airport after she had …

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by Bradley McAllister

A labor arbitration panel in China on Monday opened a hearing in the country's first transgender job discrimination lawsuit, filed by a 28-year-old plaintiff known as Mr. C. C was born as a woman but has considered himself a man since college. C alleges he was fired from a sales job at a health services firm just …

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by Matthew Santiago

The government of Sudan on Monday began its three-day referendum in the western region of Darfur despite concerns from the US State Department that the political process would undermine peace efforts. The Darfur Referendum Commission hopes to resolve administrative debates by allowing voters to decide whether Darfur becomes one unified region or remains divided …

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by William Helbling

A Taiwan-born US Navy officer has been charged with espionage, attempted espionage and prostitution, media outlets reported Sunday. Investigators believe Navy Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin has been passing secrets to the Chinese government. Lin was an intelligence specialist on board the Navy's Lockheed Martin EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance when the alleged criminal conduct was committed. It …

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by William Helbling

Six human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), are calling for the next UN Secretary-General to do everything he or she can to protect innocent civilians whose nations face armed conflict. The groups have outlined eight priorities that they believe the next UN Secretary-General must address to protect human rights …

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by Taylor Isaac

Fully autonomous weapons, as opposed to the current remote-controlled drone weapons, must be internationally prohibited, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday. The report is part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and is intended for government leaders that are meeting in Geneva this week for the third annual …

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by Taylor Isaac

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has established a new constitutional court that will be inaugurated Monday with the swearing in of the last justice. The court, which will hold supremacy over all others, was quietly created by presidential decree, but those that oppose the creation point out that Abbas stacked the court in his favor by appointing justices from …

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