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Legal news from Friday, February 24, 2017
by Erik Slobe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officials Friday to investigate fully and impartially a video allegedly showing Congolese soldiers shooting and killing 13 alleged militia members. The video, released on February 17, shows soldiers approaching a group of alleged members of the Kamuina Nsapu militia, many of whom were carrying sticks …

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by Erik Slobe

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that creates regulatory task forces in every federal agency to look through the regulations and determine which ones "are burdensome to the US economy" and can be removed or consolidated. The task forces should be established within 60 days, and the task forces have 90 days to report …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Prosecutors in North Jutland, Denmark, pressed blasphemy charges against a man on Wednesday for posting a video in which he burned a Koran. On Thursday the Danish Prosecution Service issued a formal indictment against the man. The prosecutor noted that, "It is the prosecution's view that the circumstances of the …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) formally asked the International Court of Justice Thursday to review a 2007 ruling clearing Serbia of genocide during their 1990 civil war. President Izetbegovic of the President of the Democratic Party of Action, engaged a lawyer to draft the request before the 10-year statute of limitations runs …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday that the Israeli government denied a work permit to researcher Omar Shakir, citing anti-Israel bias from the organization. According to a translation of the letter sent from Israel's Interior Ministry, the letter said "The opinion received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that, for some …

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by William Theisen

A Slovenian law allowing same-sex marriage took effect Friday, and the country's first same-sex marriage will take place Saturday, according to an administrator in Maribor, the city where the wedding will take place. Ksenija Klampfer said a lesbian couple will be the first to get married under a law passed by the Slovenian government last year. …

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by William Theisen

The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned the February 16 terrorist attack in Baghdad that left at least 55 people dead. A terrorist group linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which was reportedly a car bomb on a busy street in the Bayaa neighborhood. Current Council President Volodymyr …

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by Lawrenz Fares

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo made public Thursday that rescinds an Obama administration memo calling for the phasing out of the Department of Justice (DOJ) use of private prisons. In the memo, Sessions states that the Obama-era memo "changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau (of Prisons') …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances urged Bangladesh on Friday to end enforced disappearances. The Working Group says that the number of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh has risen from a few cases to around 40 in the past few years. Many of the cases involve political opponents, including three men who disappeared …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A Volkswagen (VW) executive pleaded not guilty in the wake of VW's emissions scandal. Oliver Schmidt, the former general manager of VW's environmental and engineering office, was arrested in Miami last month and charged with conspiracy to defraud the US, alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and wire fraud in the US District Court for …

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by Lawrenz Fares

UN human rights experts are called on global leaders Friday to take urgent action on air pollution to ensure world citizens enjoy what the UN calls "the human rights to life and health in environments free from contamination." The experts stated that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately seven million deaths are linked …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The UN Special Rapporteur for North Korean human rights, Tomas Ojea Quintana, is urging the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the UN member states to bring human rights violations committed by North Korea before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and address "the grave human rights situation" in the country. In a detailed report prepared with …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Illinois State Board of Education voted on Thursday to approve a settlement of a lawsuit claiming discriminatory school funding. The vote resolved litigation over the Chicago Urban League's (CUL) 2008 lawsuit claiming that the state's funding model had a "demonstrable, disparate and adverse impact" on minorities. The settlement provides that …

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by Alexandra Farone

North Carolina lawmakers filed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday aimed at breaking the impasse over the state's so-called "bathroom bill" (HB2) that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill (HB186) would repeal HB2 while also permitting cities to pass nondiscrimination ordinances with 30 …

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