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Legal news from Wednesday, August 30, 2017
by Jennifer Suder

The Guatemalan Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended President Jimmy Morales' order to deport the head of a UN anti-corruption commission from the country. The order came from the president two days after Ivan Velasquez, the Colombian prosecutor who leads Guatemala's International Commission against Impunity, announced his pursuit to lift Morales' immunity from prosecution in order to …

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by Erik Slobe

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Tuesday released a statement declaring that a panel will be established to determine how to implement President Donald Trump's "Military and Service by Transgender Individuals" Presidential Memorandum and that all currently serving members of the military will remain serving under the current policy until the panel has provided …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report on Wednesday highlighting the human rights violations abuses that have been committed in Venezuela amid this year's anti-government protests. Since the beginning of April, the Attorney General has reportedly initiated at least 1,958 investigations into reported injuries occurring during …

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by Lars Peterson

Uber confirmed on Tuesday that they are currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for bribing foreign officials. The DOJ is seeking to determine whether Uber operated in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over the course of the company's rapid expansion into foreign countries. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Former prison nurse Jesse Vroegh filed a lawsuit in Polk County District Court on Monday under the Iowa Civil Rights Act [text, Ch. 216] and equal protection clause of Iowa Constitution [text, Art. I, Section 6] claiming the Iowa's Department of Corrections (DOC) discriminated against him due to his transgender identity. Vroegh claims he was denied access to men's …

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by Matthew Santiago

A Nevada homeowner on Monday filed suit against Wells Fargo & Co in a San Francisco federal court accusing the bank of falsely charging consumers certain mortgage fees. Borrowers applying for mortgages must usually pay a rate-lock extension fee to set a promised interest rate beyond a certain time period when there has …

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by Akira Tomlinson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged people to refrain from violence against Myanmar security forces, for authorities to adhere to human rights law, and for authorities to prohibit use of provocative media usage in the northern regions of Rakhine state. According to Zeid, the acts of violence committed in northern Rakhine …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Multiple UN experts on Tuesday urged all member states to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance as the rates of enforced disappearances are increasing in multiple countries in every region around the world. The experts argued that in today's political climate, it is unacceptable that enforced disappearances, a …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The California Supreme Court issued a 5-2 ruling on Monday that will make it easier for the state to get tax propositions on ballots. The court's ruling relied on its interpretation of Proposition 218, a constitutional initiative approved by California voters in 1996 that was intended to assure that all taxes on Californian tax …

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by William Theisen

In an open letter addressed to representatives of the Member and Observer States of the United Nations Humans Rights Council, 56 national, regional and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) called for an "independent, international inquiry" into violations of human rights in Yemen. The letter refers to reports from September 2015 and September 2016, which address …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) voiced its concerns on Tuesday regarding the lack of drinking water accessible to children in war torn countries. According to UNICEF, more than 180 million people are cut off from water in countries of conflict including Yemen, Syria and Nigeria. Generally, inhabitants of these countries are …

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