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Legal news from Thursday, October 26, 2017
by Kelly B. Cullen

Today, a three judge panel in the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ordered the appointment of a special master to evaluate nine redrawn districts. The North Carolina General Assembly redrew the districts over the summer after a unanimous panel concluded that twenty-eight districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Equal Protection …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a report on Wednesday condemning Australia and Papua New Guinea's (PNG) failure to protect the refugees in their borders from physical violence. According to HRW, approximately 770 refugees in PNG have suffered assaults and robberies and received inadequate health care. In Australia, refugees are being sent to Manus Island, a province …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Council of European's Committee of Ministers on Wednesday issued an interim resolution formally notifying Azerbaijan that it must release opposition political leader Ilgar Mammadov or face legal action. Mammadov was arrested on February 4, 2013, and sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of resisting arrest and organizing mass disorder after criticizing …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Turkey's 35th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul on Wednesday released eight of the eleven Amnesty International (AI) human rights activists on bail pending trial for charges related to assisting the terrorist organization Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty stated of the release: "Today, finally, we celebrate that our friends and …

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