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Legal news from Monday, October 9, 2017
by Jonathon Churchin

José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division, sent a letter to several heads of the Colombian government Sunday, urging them to implement legislative proposals of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. A peace agreement between the two sides was signed on November 12, 2016. The letter …

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by Jennifer Suder

Canada reached a major settlement on Friday with indigenous victims of the so-called Sixties Scoop [class-action website], agreeing to pay C$800 million ($635m; £488m) to some 20,000 victims, $50 million of which will be used for reconciliation initiatives. "Sixties Scoop" refers to the practice in Canada of "scooping up" children of Aboriginal peoples from their families to place …

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by Jennifer Suder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday its intention to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy that worked to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, will produce a formal order on Tuesday, which is expected to declare that plan exceeded federal …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a terminally ill individual's petition for assistance to die, upholding the Suicide Act 1961, which makes it illegal to assist in suicide. Noel Conway, who suffers from terminal motor neurone disease, argued that the Suicide Act 1961 is in conflict with Article 8 of the Human Rights …

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