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Legal news from Wednesday, September 28, 2016
by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released a report detailing the prevalence of torture employed by Thai authorities and claiming the military government has led to a "culture of torture". "Make Him Speak by Tomorrow," named after an apparently common order given to soldiers, is the product of a two-year investigation and details 74 cases of …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said Wednesday that the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) will pay $1.1 billion after it allegedly solid toxic mortgaged-backed securities. The RBS is currently preparing to settle a number of other US cases dealing with mis-selling similar bonds. This comes after the 2008 financial …

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by Taylor Isaac

A Norwegian court of appeals on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit against the country's government from Edward Snowden. Snowden received a free-speech award from Norsk PEN, the country's branch of PEN International. Snowden, having asylum in neighboring Russia, desired to travel to Oslo to accept the award, but filed suit against the nation's …

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by Steven Wildberger

Four UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a mentally disabled man that was convicted of murder in 2001. The experts called Imdad Ali's execution "unlawful and tantamount to an arbitrary execution, as well as a form of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment," and called for it to …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Obama administration announced Monday that is agreed to pay over $492 million to 17 Native American tribes. The lawsuits accused the government of mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets. According to the Obama administration, more than100 lawsuits were filed totaling more than $3.3 billion in damages against the federal government. The US …

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by Steven Wildberger

Switzerland's lower house of Parliament on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would amend the nation's federal constitution to include a ban on "concealing ones face" in public under most circumstances. Proposed by the Swiss People's Party, the bill passed the National Council by an 88-87 vote, with 10 abstentions. Proponents of the bill …

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by Alexis Wheeler

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore addressed the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday speaking on the deteriorating human rights situation in Libya and calling for accountability and reform. She described the ability of armed groups to terrorize the nation by kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians based on political or …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Greek Parliament approved new legislation Tuesday cutting pensions and increasing the rate of privatization. The measures were taken in order to satiate creditors and receive aid under the country's third bail-out procedure. Included in the deal was a transfer of electricity and water utilities. Passed by a narrow majority, the legislation was met with protests by …

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by Alexandra Farone

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a motion on Tuesday blocking Illinois from allowing voter registration on Election Day in the state's most populated counties. The state's same-day voter registration program was implemented in 2015 and offered to counties with populations over 100,000. The Chicago-based Liberty Justice …

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by Alexandra Farone

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to nine years of imprisonment for overseeing the destruction of Muslim shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi admitted his guilt when his trial began in August. This is a historic case, marking the first time the …

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