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Legal news from Monday, February 27, 2017
by Elizabeth Lowman

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee called Monday for an immediate end to persecution against the Rohingya Muslim population after she spent four days in the country. Lee said, "I urge the Government of Myanmar to immediately cease the discrimination that the community continues to face, to act …

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by Lawrenz Fares

UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged member states of the UN Human Rights Council to defend human rights in response to the global rise in populism and extremism on Monday. Guterres stated that "isregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading." Guterres insisted on the …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

In a joint letter to European Union Commissioner of Migration, Human Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopolous on Friday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee expressed their concern regarding Hungary's proposed migration amendments. According to the two organizations, the amendments would automatically detain any asylum seekers, with the only exception being children …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Attorneys representing US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl said Sunday that they will ask the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals to dismiss discretion charges against their client in light of comments made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Bergdahl is facing a court-martial for discretion and endangering US troops after allegedly …

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by Meena Ansari

The efficiency of the Chinese court system has been improved by 20 percent since 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) announced Monday. The court released two white papers on judicial reform and court transparency, recording progress it had made in accountability, trial procedure and separation of powers. According to the papers, China's courts …

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by William Theisen

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three cases following its February 24 conference. Among the cases that were denied review was a case involving a constitutional challenge to the death penalty. The petitioner in Reed v. Louisiana [docket; cert. petition, PDF] was sentenced to death in Caddo Parrish, Louisiana, a county that …

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