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Legal news from Wednesday, September 6, 2017
by Lars Peterson

Four UN human rights experts on Tuesday called on China to release a prominent human rights lawyer who has been detained since November 2016. The lawyer, Jiang Tianyong, is being tried for inciting subversion of the state's power. The UN's call for his release comes after Jiang's August 22 confession, which many believe was coerced and …

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by Erik Slobe

Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot announced Tuesday that former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, along with other senior members of the Worker's Party, were being charged with leading a criminal organization. The organization was allegedly involved in paying bribes to politicians through inflating …

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by Jennifer Suder

A group of 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump administration's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) program. DACA provides protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants, often called "Dreamers," who were brought to the US as children. New York …

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by Erik Slobe

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the government of Myanmar Tuesday to grant nationality, or at least legal status, to the Rohingya Muslim minority group that resides in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Myanmar's security forces have responded to recent violence from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army with indiscriminate attacks in the Rakhine State. Guterres stated …

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by Lars Peterson

A number of prominent Republicans on Monday and filed amicus briefs imploring the Supreme Court to end gerrymandering. The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford on October 3. Prominent politicians who filed briefs urging the court to find gerrymandering unconstitutional include: John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse and John Kasich, Bob Dole, …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Slovakia and Hungary must host asylum seekers as a part of the EU migration policy. Slovakia and Hungary filed a complaint arguing that it was illegal for Brussels to require them to take in hundreds of Syrian refugees and that it would destabilize their economies. …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday stayed an injunction that had blocked the Texas voter ID law, allowing its implementation. The injunction was put in place by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas in late …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday condemned both China's oppression of critics of the nation's human rights record and the UN's failure to stop such conduct. The report alleges that, "China has worked consistently and often aggressively to silence criticism of its human rights record before UN bodies and has taken actions aimed at weakening some …

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by Lawrenz Fares

US President https://www.donaldjtrump.com/">Donald Trump's campaign attorney Michael Carvin filed a brief on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russian operatives. The case was originally filed on behalf of three …

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by William Theisen

A 26-year-old Mexican immigrant in New York has amended his ongoing lawsuit against the US government to challenge the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Batalla Vidal, who initially brought the suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in August …

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by William Theisen

Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga, whose campaign against the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta was declared unsuccessful after a countrywide election last month by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Committee (IEBC), has issued a statement that he would not be participating in the October re-election process. The August election itself has been …

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