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Legal news from Monday, October 2, 2017
by Jonathon Churchin

Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev signed [RFE/RL report] an agreement Monday demarcating 85 percent of the 1,280 kilometer Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. The Kyrgyzstan parliament had already approved the legislation early in September, but the president signing the "Draft Law on Ratification of the Agreement between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek State Border" …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Carles Puigdemont, leader of the Catalonia government, announced Monday that the autonomous Spanish region had "won the right to an independent state in the form of a republic" after conducting a heated referendum in the region, despite the action being opposed by many international actors. International critics of the election quickly rushed to denounce any decision of the …

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by Jennifer Suder

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Friday blocked a Florida law that would require individuals and groups that offer abortion advice to provide an in-depth explanation of the procedure, lay out potential alternatives, notify parents before making a referral or aiding a minor, and register with the state. …

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by Jennifer Suder

Germany's new same-sex marriage law took effect on Sunday, allowing Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, to be the first same-sex couple to marry in the country. The couple was married in a civil ceremony at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin. The law, which had strong public support, was enacted in June by …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Bangladesh and Myanmar officials agreed on Monday to a plan for the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled across the border to Bangladesh. Under the agreement, refugees would have the option to return to Rakhine State and will only return "under safe conditions." According to the UN, Myanmar has engaged …

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