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Legal news from Monday, February 20, 2017
by Meena Ansari

Islamic State (IS) fighters are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday. Although gender-based violence has been common under IS rule, these are the first cases of such violence being perpetrated upon Sunni Arab …

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by William Theisen

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement Monday calling for an "immediate halt" to "widespread human rights violations" allegedly committed by government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said the violence is part of a military effort to address the "root causes" of …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A new law passed on Monday by Cambodia's parliament gives the Supreme Court the power to dissolve any political parties it finds unconstitutional. This law is seen as an attempt by Cambodian premier Hun Sen to crack down on rival political parties before the 2018 election. Phil Robertson, the Deputy Director of Human …

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by Meena Ansari

A draft bill proposed by the Maltese government that aims to regulate online news could inhibit freedom of speech, argued protesters Sunday. At the protest, which was organized by the opposition party, opposition leader Simon Busuttil said that the bill would be "the beginning of the end of freedom of …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The New Zealand High Court ruled on Monday that Kim Dotcom, the founder of content-sharing site Megaupload.com, is eligible for extradition to the US on fraud offenses. Dotcom and his alleged co-conspirators are facing numerous charges after US authorities seized Megaupload.com in 2012, claiming that the site cost copyright holders at least …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Egypt's Court of Cassation, the nation's highest court, on Monday upheld the death penalty for 10 men involved in the Port Said Stadium Riot in which more than 70 individuals were killed after a soccer game in 2012. Supporters of the winning team had stormed the field, stabbing fans of the rival team …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that Moroccan authorities have been on a two-year campaign to obstruct Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), the country's largest independent human rights organization. According to HRW, the authorities have blocked a total of 125 AMDH conferences, meetings and other public and private events since 2014 by …

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by William Theisen

Amnesty International (AI) on Sundayurged the Israeli Supreme Court to repeal a 2003 law that bans many Palestinians from entering the country, including those who are seeking reunification with their families. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law was originally enacted as a temporary one-year order but has been renewed annually. In …

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by Aaron Christenson

The trial of 47 suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 15 during a failed military coup began Monday. The trial will be held in Mugla, in the southwestern corner of Turkey. Before the coup attempt had been effectively quashed, Erdoğan promised that "the ring leader who plotted all …

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by Aaron Christenson

The newly-inaugurated President of The Gambia promised Saturday to end human rights violations in his country and ordered the release of 171 inmates who had been detained without a trial. President Adama Barrow's inauguruation speech restated the emphasis he will place on human rights and the rule of law in the small west-African nation. …

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