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Legal news from Thursday, September 15, 2016
by Ashley Hogan

Recently appointed Kosovo war crimes prosecutor David Schwendiman of the Special Investigative Task Force vowed to investigate all war crime suspects, "fairly, vigorously and without fear" on Thursday. Many of the suspected offenders are former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and now hold important political positions. Additionally, many are viewed by ethnic Albanians as …

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by Miracle Jones

The Missouri legislature on Wednesday overrode vetoes by Governor Jay Nixon to approve bills requiring voter identification and removing the need to renew permits in order to carry a concealed weapon. HB 1931 requires individuals to present a government-issued photo ID in order to vote, which the governor stated would cause unnecessary harm …

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by Ashley Hogan

Amnesty International (AI) released images from the "desert no man's land" between Jordan and Syria on Thursday showing thousands of refugees trapped in the area. The images show how dire the humanitarian situation has become, displaying makeshift grave sites and an estimated 75,000 refugees trapped in the area known as the Berm. Tirana Hassan, …

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by Miracle Jones

Human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI), are calling on US President Barack Obama to pardon former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden with a campaign launched on Wednesday. The Pardon Snowden campaign seeks …

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by Brittany Felder

Chelsea Manning ended her five-day hunger strike Wednesday after the Army agreed to allow her to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Manning, a former military private serving a 35-year prison sentence on an espionage conviction after leaking classified files to Wikileaks, said in a statement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that …

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by Brittany Felder

Legislators in Turkmenistan on Wednesday amended the nation's constitution to allow President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, to remain in power indefinitely. Berdimuhamedow praised the amendment, which not only extended the presidential term by two years, from five to seven, but also removed the 70-year age limit to be an eligible candidate. President Saparmurat Niyazov, …

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by Matthew Santiago

A transgender non-citizen from Mexico filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Indiana Governor Mike Pence and two other state officials over Indiana's law that prevents non-citizens from changing their names. The law was enacted in 2010 to prevent identity theft and was primarily aimed at undocumented immigrants, though it equally affects immigrants residing …

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by Matthew Santiago

Several organizations filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging Georgia's voter registration system. Since 2010, Georgia has required voter applications to match databases managed by the Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Should a potential voter's identification information not match such databases, the state sends a notification to …

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