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Legal news from Thursday, August 31, 2017
by Ram Eachambadi

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Wednesday temporarily blocked the implementation and enforcement of Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which sought to ban so-called "sanctuary cities." Judge Orlando Garcia enjoined the state of Texas from enforcing, endorsing or otherwise implementing various sections of SB4 that would have prohibited …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday cleared former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban of murder and attempted murder during a crackdown in 2010 on anti-government protesters. More than 90 people were killed during the crackdown. The court affirmed the two lower courts' decision that the Department for …

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by Rachel Gerber

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a former West Point cadet's lawsuit alleging that superior officers violated her rights when she was allegedly raped by a fellow cadet. Plaintiff Jane Doe alleged that her Fifth Amendment right to equal protection was violated. In a 2-1 opinion, the court concluded …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the rejection of a petition to put opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev on the ballot for the October presidential election. Tekebaev was convicted [RFE/RL report] earlier this month for accepting bribes, which his party believes is a false conviction by the ruling party. He is currently serving eight years in …

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by Rachel Gerber

Forces fighting Islamic State (IS) insurgents to regain lost territory in Syria must not sacrifice lives of civilians still trapped in the areas, UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stated Thursday. Zeid had also previously urged in May that civilians needed to be protected from airstrikes in Syria. …

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by William Theisen

Two human rights experts with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a statement Wednesday detailing their concern over websites, including many news sites, that have been shutdown or blocked by the Egyptian government. According to the report, as many as 130 sites have been blocked, "including well-known sources of information …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A Pakistan anti-terrorism court declared former president and army general Pervez Musharraf a fugitive from the law on Thursday concerning the assassination of former prime minister, and first female leader in the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto. The court further ordered the seizure of Musharaf's property in Pakistan and acquitted five members of the Pakistan …

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by William Theisen

A judge in Brazil issued a ruling Wednesday that temporarily blocks an executive order from President Michel Temer that would have opened large sections of the Amazon forest for mining. Temer's order would have allowed mining of gold, copper, iron and other minerals and metals …

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by Erik Slobe

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly on Tuesday approved a decree rejecting the US economic sanctions and called for treason investigations into political actors for supporting the sanctions. The decree was passed unanimously [BBC report by the ANC. During the debate of the decree, members of the ANC denounced those who were critical of the government, including opposition …

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by Lars Peterson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's constant criticism of journalists constitutes an attack on the freedom of the press. "It's really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the …

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by Jennifer Suder

A US grand jury indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials, on Tuesday for attacking protesters during a visit to the White House by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in May. The protesters gathered outside of the Turkish ambassador's home after he met with US President Donald Trump and were attacked by the 19 …

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