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Legal news from Thursday, February 23, 2017
by Alexandra Farone

The US Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit on Thursday ruled that Texas can enforce a 2015 state law that criminalizes the harboring of illegal immigrants. Texas officials had claimed the law, known as House Bill 11, was primarily aimed at human traffickers and smugglers, but its critics were concerned that it would also …

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by Aaron Christenson

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Wednesday dismissed charges against Im Chaem, a Buddhist nun suspected of playing a role in the Khmer Rouge regime. The judges in the case said they lacked jurisdiction to decide Im Chaem's case as she was "neither a senior leader nor ... one of the ... …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Fayetteville city ordinance 5781 broadening nondiscrimination laws to include sexual orientation or gender identity is invalid under § 14-1-403 of the Interstate Commerce Improvement Act (Act 137). This state statute prohibited cities from adopting or enforcing "an ordinance, resolution, rule, or policy that creates a protected classification …

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by Aaron Christenson

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction to IMDb, a popular website that posts information about all things Hollywood, blocking enforcement of law meant to combat age discrimination. The injunction temporarily prevents the enforcement of AB 1687, a California law designed …

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by Ashley Hogan

The French National Assembly approved a law on Tuesday that would make French parent corporations liable for human rights violations committed by their subsidiary companies located anywhere in the world. Parent corporations subject to the law will be held to a higher standard of oversight for the actions taken by their subsidiaries. The law seeks …

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by Rachel Gerber

UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan Aristide Nononsi on Wednesday called for the Sudanese government to protect civilian rights in Darfur. Since 2003 the region has faced civil unrest from conflict between the government and rebel groups. Thousands of people are currently in displacement camps as a …

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by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday released its Annual Report 2016/17, a summary of an international human rights survey that discusses the role "rhetoric of fear, blame and hate" have played in rolling back human rights around the world. AI analyzed major political leaders that identify as anti-establishment, such as US President Donald Trump and Turkish …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Thailand on Thursday upheld the sentence of a former magazine editor who published stories criticizing the royal family. The court did curtail the sentence, so that Somyot Pruksakasemsuk would be released in 2018. The editor was convicted under Thailand's controversial lèse majesté legislation. The law makes it illegal to defame the royal …

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by Taylor Isaac

The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked the Obama-era guidelines regarding transgender students. The previous guidelines were a joint effort by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) that required federally funded schools to treat gender identity as a student's sex for purposes of Title IX. A federal district …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday that female soldiers will be allowed to wear headscarves along with their uniforms. The regulation, a break in the nation's attempt to protect its secularism, is the latest institutional policy allowing head coverings in government settings. Coverings must be worn under a cap or beret and must …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin filed suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Wednesday alleging that the Milwaukee Police Department discriminates against black and Latino men in its stop-and-frisk program. The complaint states that the policies of the police department violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

The Brazil federal senate on Wednesday confirmed President Michel Temer's nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, Alexandre de Moraes. Moraes, a 49-year-old lawyer, professor and current justice minister, was approved by a vote of 55-13 in the senate. The seat had been open since the January 20 death [JURIST …

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by Steven Wildberger

The German state of Bavaria on Tuesday approved a ban on full-face veils in certain public spaces, including universities, schools, government workplaces and while driving. Asserting that facial expressions are important to communication, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann stated in support of the bill that " forms the foundation of our interpersonal relationships and …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments in Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Clark, wherein the court will once again be asked to decide whether binding arbitration agreements are permissible. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that arbitration agreements signed by legal representatives of nursing home residents were invalid, unless the ability to so …

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