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Legal news from Monday, February 13, 2017
by Meena Ansari

Australia's offshore detention of asylum seekers constitutes a human rights violation, according to a petition filed Monday in the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a coalition of legal experts. The 108-page document, submitted to the ICC by the Global Legal Action Network (Glan) and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic, urges the ICC …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Department of Justice on Friday withdrew its appeal of an injunction preventing the Obama administration's guidance that schools should allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choosing. The guidance stated that transgender students were protected under Title IX. A hearing was set for next Tuesday in …

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by William Theisen

Six journalists were arrested in Ivory Coast on Sunday and charged with "spreading false information," according to media outlets and public prosecutors. The journalists, including three media owners, allegedly published stories designed to incite further mutiny by security forces in the country who are protesting over compensation. The alleged "false news" appeared …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Fifty-nine percent of Swiss voters opposed a proposal on Sunday that would prevent tax increases for corporations. Switzerland gives foreign firms lower taxes than domestic firms, which was criticized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In response, the Swiss government planned to change the special status of foreign multinational corporations but offer tax …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Pakistani authorities have driven nearly 600,000 Afghan refugees back into Afghanistan since July 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Monday. HRW claims that among those being forced out of the country are 365,000 lawfully registered refugees. HRW also alleges that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is complicit in what …

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by Meena Ansari

The Islamabad High Court ruled Monday that all public celebrations of Valentine's day are prohibited with "immediate effect." The prohibition will affect government offices, private businesses and media sources. Print and electronic media have been ordered to cease all "Valentine's Day promotions immediately" lest they are reported to the police by the Pakistan Electronic Media …

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by William Theisen

The Swedish Court of Patent Appeals and the Market Court, an appellate court with exclusive jurisdiction over intellectual property cases, ordered an Internet service provider (ISP) to block access to the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay and the streaming site Swefilmer. The decision overturns a district court's 2015 ruling and orders Swedish …

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by Lawrenz Fares

DuPont and Chemours Co settled approximately 3,550 personal injury claims for $671 million on Monday. The claims arose after a leak of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to make Teflon with known links to cancer, from DuPont's Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant. The claimants alleged that the chemical contaminated their water supplies and …

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