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Legal news from Thursday, June 7, 2018
by Madison Chajson

The UK Supreme Court on Thursday indicated disapproval of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law, though ultimately dismissed the appeal brought by challengers of the legislation. The legal proceedings were initiated by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), who argue that the existing law—which lists having an abortion as a criminal offense …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

Amnesty International (AI) called on Mozambican authorities Thursday to take immediate steps to end what they called a "killing spree" in the Cabo Delgado Province of the country. According to the statement, at least 37 people in have been killed over the past two weeks. The killings are being carried out by a group known as "Al-Shabab" (no …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, urged North Korea Thursday to begin to release its political prisoners in anticipation of the proposed June 12 denuclearization talks with the US. "It might be a gradual process, it's not that I'm saying you …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

In a judgment Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Judge Dana Sabraw said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" immigration policy in which the government has been separating minor children from their parents may violate due process. The class action lawsuit involves a Congolese asylum-seeking mother, …

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by Sean Rohtla

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the government of Bangladesh on Wednesday for the killing of suspected drug offenders by security forces in the country. The High Commissioner responded to reports that 130 individuals had been killed in three weeks and thousands arrested after the government proclaimed a zero-tolerance policy regarding …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Judge Michael Baylson, of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday that Philadelphia has the right to maintain its status as a sanctuary city while still receiving federal funding. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the defendant, had said cities would cease to receive federal funding unless the cities adhere to the following …

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by Kenneth Hall

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other immigration advocacy groups filed suit against the US Department of Commerce and the Bureau of the Census Wednesday, challenging the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The complaint alleges that the inclusion of the question amounts to a "door-to-door government inquiry" into …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

San Juan Superior Court judge Lauracelis Roques Arroyo ordered the Puerto Rican government to release Puerto Rico's death toll since Hurricane Maria last September. Roques Arroyo said that the records are a matter of public information and must be released within a week. The order came in response to a lawsuit initiated by CNN and Puerto …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Development Programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Myanmar on Wednesday that will give the UN agencies access to the Rakhine state. UN officials state that the memorandum will lay the foundation for the safe return of the Rohingya …

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