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Legal news from Monday, September 19, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Kenyan representatives said Monday in a preliminary hearing that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no part in their dispute with Somalia over borders. The dispute, Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean), centers around the boundary between the two countries and under which sovereignty oil deposits in the Indian Ocean fall. Githu Muigai, the lawyer …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Romanian High Court is expected to rules Tuesday on whether to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple. US citizen Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian activist Adrian Coman were married in Belgium and have sued to have their union recognized in Romania. The couple is represented by Iustina Ionescu, long time board-member of the …

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by Emelina Perez

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal on Friday to withdraw a lawsuit in which the state sought a judgment declaring that the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill 2 (HB 2), did not violate federal law. HB 2 prevented cities and counties from enacting laws allowing …

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by Emelina Perez

Ahead of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on Monday, UN experts are urging states to protect women and girls in the movement of refugees and migrants by adhering to international human rights conventions and standards, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the International Convention on the Protection of the …

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by Mark Casper

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called upon Pakistani authorities Monday to stop the execution of Imdad Ali, a mentally disabled man, which is scheduled for Tuesday. HRW expressed its belief that "executing people with mental health conditions is an affront to decency and serves no criminal justice purpose," and violates Pakistan's international legal obligations. The report cites …

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by Mark Casper

An Egyptian court on Saturday froze assets of five notable human rights activists and three NGOs for allegedly accepting foreign funds without governmental authorization. Though a criminal proceeding has yet to take place, this order likely spells criminal indictments for those groups and individuals for "pursuing acts harmful to national interests." If found guilty, the individuals could …

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