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Legal news from Wednesday, June 6, 2018
by Erik Slobe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) submitted an amicus brief to the Colombian Constitutional Court on Tuesday calling for changes to the Special Jurisdiction of Peace bill—a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Court is reviewing the bill, which was passed on November 30, 2017. HRW has identified …

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by Erik Slobe

UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Phillip Alston on Monday accused the US of criminalizing being poor. The report accuses the US of criminalizing being homeless through laws that ban sleeping outside, panhandling and public urination. The report states that 1,800 homeless people in Skid Row in Los Angeles have access …

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by Jessica Lasky

A Bahrain court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who was sentenced to five years in February over Tweets critical of the Bahraini government. Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. He was convicted over Tweets about Bahraini prison torture and civilians casualties from …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments on Monday concerning Texas's attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood. Texas is appealing a lower court injunction that prevents them from denying Medicaid coverage to Planned Parenthood. The appellant's argument focused on allegations that the Texas branch …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

In a press briefing Tuesday, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the US to halt its recently mandated practice of detaining and separating those immigrating illegally, including those with children, known as the "zero tolerance policy" recently put in place along the US southern border. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month …

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