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Legal news from Tuesday, July 11, 2017
by Autumn Callan

A group of Twitter users blocked by President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the the action is a violation of their First Amendment rights. The group, represented by the First Knight Amendment Institute and Columbia University, argue that Trump's account serves as a public forum that "has become …

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by Autumn Callan

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday suspended a government ban on cattle trading for the sole purpose of slaughter. In May Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, decreed that cattle trade could only be conducted for agricultural purposes such as dairy production and plowing. Cows are considered holy in Hinduism and their slaughter had …

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by Autumn Callan

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the niqab, a full-face veil, in public spaces. The court dismissed two cases, Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium and Dakir v. Belgium, that asserted the ban was in violation of Articles 8, 9, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday condemned Bahrain's sentencing of a human rights defender. Nabeel Rajab was originally arrested in June 2016 after he tweeted about alleged torture in a Bahrani prison. A Bahrani court ordered his release in December 2016, but shortly after his release he was arrested on the current …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Cambodia's National Assembly on Monday passed a bill which prohibits political parties from being affiliated with convicted criminals. Commentators believe the law is aimed at weakening the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The party's former leader, Sam Rainsy, recently resigned from the party …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Two UN rights experts said Monday that Israel should reconsider the charges it is pursuing against Issa Armo, a Palestinian human rights defender. The Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, Michael Lynk, and the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, made a joint statement in favor of Israel dropping charges against Armo, stating: "on …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Monday against President Donald Trump's election commission for lack of accountability in violation of federal law. The Federal Advisory Committee Act was created to ensure that all advisory committees were accountable to the public regarding procedure and operation. The ACLU's complaint accuses the administration …

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