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Legal news from Tuesday, February 14, 2017
by Brittany Felder

The UN human rights office on Monday expressed concern over reports that at least 101 people have been killed by Congolese soldiers in conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The deadly clashes have been between the Congolese militia, Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), and local forces, known as the Kamuina …

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by Rachel Gerber

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday turned down a request to stop construction on the final stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Judge James Boasberg rejected the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's argument that the pipeline could contaminate the waters that the tribes use …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Romanian Parliament agreed on Monday to hold a referendum regarding anti-corruption measures after public protests. There have been nearly two weeks of consecutive anti-government protests in opposition of the government's efforts to lessen anti-corruption law and punishment. President Klaus Iohanni proposed the referendum, and 310 lawmakers voted in favor. The exact questions …

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by Aaron Christenson

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday granted a preliminary injunction to the Commonwealth of Virginia, saying the state does not have to uphold President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration. The judge walked through Trump's public statements on a potential "Muslim ban" and said the evidence presented by …

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by Alexandra Farone

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Monday determined that a lawsuit regarding President Donald Trump's immigration executive order can proceed in district court while the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears the appeal of a temporary injunction on the ban. District Judge …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Tunisian security forces have committed human rights abuses following a series of armed attacks in the country, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. In 2015 Tunisia passed a new counter-terrorism law in an attempt remove powers given to the deposed Ben Ali regime to stop peaceful protests. AI believes this that this new …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A judge in Kenya has sentenced the leaders of the doctors' union to one month in prison over an ongoing strike.. The strike, which was started by the union over pay and service conditions, has continued since December. Judge Hellen Wasilwa had initially handed a one-month suspended sentence in January, stating that the doctors had two weeks to …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Myanmar officials stated on Monday that they would investigate whether police have committed crimes against Rohingya Muslims. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) found in a recent report that Myanmar security forces had committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims. The …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

The Syrian government has conducted "coordinated chemical attacks" on the rebel controlled portions of Aleppo, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged Monday. On the basis of interviews, video footage and social media posts, HRW concluded that the Assad regime dropped chlorine in residential areas at least eight times in November and December. HRW reported nine total deaths, including …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

Lee Jae-yong (Jay Y Lee), unofficial head of South Korean giant Samsung, faced questioning from Seoul prosecutors Monday. Though a court in January refused to issue a warrant for his arrest, prosecutors have continued to investigate Lee's connection to impeached South Korean president Park Guen-hye. Lee, who governs Korean business giant Samsung in his father's absence, …

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