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Legal news from Tuesday, August 29, 2017
by Elizabeth Lowman

Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet introduced a bill on Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage. Bachelet said "We believe that it is not ethical or just to place artificial limits on love or deny essential rights based solely on the sex of the partners." The marriage bill would also allow same-sex couples to adopt children. …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Human rights groups on Monday filed suits against Jagath Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lanka army general, for alleged war crimes and human rights violations he committed during the 2009 civil war in Sri Lanka. The suits are based on his role as a commander in the Sri Lanka military during the final phase of the government's conflict against the Liberation …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

In a periodic report published on Friday, the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern about the racist speech used by politicians and neo-Nazi groups in Russia. According to the report, such speech often targets Central Asians, the Roma, migrants and people of African descent. While the report found that racist …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday questioned the Justice Department lawyer representing the Trump administration in a hearing over the executive order restricting immigration from certain countries. Popularly known as the "travel ban," the Trump administration policy restricts refugee and general travel from six predominantly-Muslim nations in …

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by Matthew Santiago

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission allegedly failed to follow a Supreme Court order on Tuesday requiring the electoral commission to grant the opposition computer access to verify controversial election results. According to Raila Odinga, head of the National Super Alliance (NASA), the recently re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta falsely won 54 percent of the vote …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Supreme Court on Monday stayed a lower federal court order invalidating two congressional districts. The US District Court for the Western District of Texas had found Districts 27 and 35 invalid pursuant to the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, after finding that …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Monday a bill to limit detention of immigrants and another to simplify voter registration. The first, Senate Bill 31, also known as the TRUST Act, limits local local law enforcement's authority in detaining immigrants based on citizenship status. Critics of the bills say this will make Illinois a …

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