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Legal news from Tuesday, April 19, 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Monday affirmed a settlement agreement concerning the National Football League (NFL) and payouts to retired players with certain medical conditions. The settlement, originally a $765 million agreement, was changed due to worries of not surviving the settlement term of 65 years. As …

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by Taylor Isaac

A UN rights expert on Tuesday released a expressed concern over the state of media independence and the public right of access to information in Japan, citing laws and personal stories that are making these more difficult than recommended. David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, spent a …

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by Brittany Felder

UN expert Alfred de Zayas on Tuesday warned against investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms in trade agreements, saying that they "are incompatible with democracy, the rule of law and human rights." ISDS mechanisms, which according to Zayas, provide for "privatized or semi-privatized dispute settlement" he warns, work against the public interest and allows calculated risks …

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by Brittany Felder

Several human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the Gambian government to investigate the death of Solo Sandeng, a Gambian human rights activist, who died on Saturday while in detention for protesting. Calling his death "suspicious" as there have been reports that he was tortured, …

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by Alexandra Farone

A UN human rights expert on Tuesday called on the government of Georgia to address the reasons why children in the country are placed under protective care. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Maud de Boer-Buquicchio praised the use of temporary shelters but said that the country must consider …

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by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that Russia's Constitutional Court has rejected a binding decision of an international human rights body as "non-executable." The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in 2013 that Russia must reform an absolute ban on voting rights for prisoners. The ECHR had decided that Russia's absolute ban on prisoners …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt that Nevada may not apply a state law that would allow damages against California that are greater than damages that can be awarded against Nevada in similar circumstances. The court held that Nevada cannot refuse to extend to other states …

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by Alonso Diaz

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that the first round of EU sanctioned deportations from Greece to Turkey on April 4 was "rushed, chaotic, and violated the rights of those deported." The deportation of 66 people from the Greek island of Chios to Turkey was reportedly "riddled with an array of irregularities," including authorities not informing …

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by Jacqueline Jones

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday warned of an increase in torture and ill treatment in Burundi. In the last four months Zeid's office has recorded more than 300 new cases of torture and ill-treatment. The human rights chief asked the Burundi government to put an immediate end to these "unacceptable …

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by Jacqueline Jones

An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted Yosef Haim for the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager that led to a 50-day war in Gaza. Haim entered an insanity plea, but the court rejected his plea stating he was aware of what he was doing at the time of the crime. The Israeli minors accompanying the man were found guilty …

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