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Legal news from Tuesday, August 22, 2017
by Erik Slobe

Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong confessed at a trial on Tuesday to attempting to overthrow the Chinese government. Jiang has been in custody since November of last year. At the trial, he stated that Western laws led him to attempt to overthrow the country's Communist government and that he helped fabricate tales of torture for another human …

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by Erik Slobe

The Supreme Court of India ruled Tuesday that Islam's instant divorce law, which allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying the word "talaq" three times, was unconstitutional. The case was heard by five judges of the court and resulted in a vote of 3-2. The court found that the practice was gender discriminatory and …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a special report on Sunday detailing the human rights violations committed during attacks on the Mirza Olang village earlier this month. During the three-day event, Taliban and local Islamic State (IS) fighters reportedly killed at least 36 people in the predominantly Shi'ite Muslim village. Those killed …

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by Matthew Santiago

A Dhaka court on Sunday sentenced 10 individuals to death for plotting to bomb a rally held by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000. According to prosecutors, members of the Harkatul Jihad-al-Islami group planted two bombs at the rally's college campus location just one day before Hasina was scheduled to arrive. The group's former leader, Mufti …

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