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Legal news from Tuesday, September 19, 2017
by Elizabeth Lowman

Human Rights Watch released a report on Monday detailing the violence carried out by the Ethiopian security forces during the Irreecha festival, the annual harvest celebration observed by the country's ethnic Oromo people. According to the report, possibly hundreds of people died after being shot by security forces or drowning after attempting to flee from bullets …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in a national address on Tuesday condemned human rights violations in the nation's state of Rakhine, without addressing accusations from the UN and rights groups concerning the country's campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi pledged that, "ction will be taken against all people, regardless of …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Senate on Monday voted 89-8 to approve HR 2810, a $700 billion defense bill, authorizing support for defense programs and combat operations at home and overseas. Among other things, the bill authorizes appropriations to the Department of Defense for: 1) procurement, including aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Moscow Meshchansky court rejected a lawsuit Monday filed by a relative of Raoul Wallenberg, seeking to access uncensored documents concerning Wallenberg's death in Soviet captivity. Wallenberg was a Swedish diplomat who is said to have rescued thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Soviet forces captured Wallenberg in 1945 for espionage and placed him in …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Recent Ohio arrestee Timothy Davis filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court on Sunday alleging Columbus, Ohio, police used excessive force to detain him in a convenience store. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, named defendants as the City of Columbus, Officer Joseph Bogard, Officer …

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