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Legal news from Thursday, April 14, 2016
by Brittany Felder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Thursday urged Iran to stop executions over drug offenses pending the debate of a law that would remove the mandatory death penalty as punishment for those convicted of drug offenses. Citing the fact that the highest number of executions, 966, in "more than two …

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by Miracle Jones

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiangon announced Wednesday that his license to practice law was revoked by the judicial bureau. The bureau allegedly disbarred Pu from practicing law because of a December criminal conviction associated with using social media to critique the government. The move is criticized as a way to curtail activists from using their …

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by Brittany Felder

A French court on Wednesday ruled to extradite Radomir Susnjar, who is suspected to have committed war crimes during Balkan conflict of the 1990s, to Sarajevo where he will face charges concerning his involvement. Susnjar, who was arrested in France in 2014, allegedly locked innocent civilians in a house and set it on fire. The …

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by Miracle Jones

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks on Wednesday called on Turkey to focus on human rights in the wake of their anti-terrorism security measures. The remarks were made at the end of a nine-day official visit to the country to observe the ways in which the Turkish government was balancing human rights …

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by Kasey Tuttle

An education reform group, Students for Education Reform Minnesota, initiated a lawsuit against the state Wednesday claiming state laws governing teacher tenure violates students' fundamental rights to an education. Minnesota law allows a teacher to obtain tenure after three years. Plaintiffs claim that education is suffering because three years is too short a …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A 49-year old Liberian national and resident of East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, Mohammed Jabbateh, was indicted in Philadelphia on Wednesday on two counts of immigration fraud and two counts of perjury for failing to disclose his crimes in Liberia when he applied for political asylum in December 1998 and when he was interviewed by an immigration asylum …

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by Ram Eachambadi

US Secretary of State John Kerry released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 on Wednesday, pointing to "a global governance crisis" in is prefatory statement. The secretary cited the "accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors ... to marginalize opposition voices, and in the most extreme cases, to kill people or drive them from …

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by Mark Casper

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that obtaining phone location records without a warrant was not a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The FBI obtained cellphone locations of two suspects in several robberies, later convicted on several charges, through cell-site data via the two suspects' wireless carriers. The …

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by William Helbling

A Chicago task force assigned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday issued a report finding that racism has caused systematic failures within the city's police department. The report includes statistics illustrating how African Americans are the group most often targeted and mistreated by police officers within the city of Chicago. According to the task force, …

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by William Helbling

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday signed an executive order that creates a new anti-discrimination law intended to protect members of the LGBT community. Prior to signing the executive order, there was no state law in Louisiana protecting LGBT individuals from employment discrimination. In signing the bill, Governor Edwards stated, "We are …

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