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Legal news from Monday, April 3, 2017
by Meena Ansari

The top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) released a statement Friday alleging that recent acts of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could amount to war crimes. According to Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor, there have been reports of violent clashes between local militia and Congolese forces, particularly in the Kasai …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice reversed a prior ruling to take over the National Assembly on Sunday. The court effectively dissolved the legislature in its decision last Wednesday. The Supreme Court and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro support the Socialist Party, while the opposition party leads the legislature. Protests broke out after …

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by William Theisen

Anti-terrorism laws that were passed by Senegal's National Assembly in October, are "draconian" and could "restrict freedom of expression and roll back the rule of law in Senegal," according to a report released Monday by Amnesty International (AI). The laws in question were passed as part of the government's efforts to deal with terrorism …

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by Meena Ansari

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Sunday criticized US President Donald Trump's plan to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying the move effectively endorses the country's poor recent human rights record. Al-Sisi overthrew the democratically elected Mohamed Morsay in July 2013 and oversaw opposition protests that left 1150 people dead. The group says …

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by Lawrenz Fares

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain ratified a constitutional amendment Monday that would allow for military trials of civilians suspected of terrorism in the country. The amendment modifies the text of Article 105(b) of the Kingdom of Bahrain's Constitution to read: The Law governs the military judiciary and defines its …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said Monday she was appalled by the living conditions of Aboriginal Australians following her week-long visit to Australia. According to the report, many Aboriginal people live in "town camps" without access to basic sanitation. Tauli-Corpuz said: As I have travelled across …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A local Munich Court denied Friday a motion by Volkswagen (VW) to bar evidence seized during searches of a law firm working for the company. Volkswagen filed its complaint last week in an attempt to prevent German prosecutors from analyzing material confiscated during the March 15 raid on Jones Day …

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by William Theisen

Judge William R. Marchant of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia in Richmond ruled in favor of the state on Friday in a lawsuit challenging the redistricting of 11 legislative districts. OneVirginia2021, a non-profit organization that advocates for "fair redistricting" in the state, brought the suit accusing Republican legislators of gerrymandering when drawing the …

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