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Legal news from Friday, October 14, 2016
by Matthew Santiago

The International Criminal Court (ICC) expressed concern over the rising occurrence of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines in connection with the ongoing war on drugs encouraged by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has continued to draw international criticism for promoting mass violence towards alleged drug dealers contrary to humanitarian standards. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) set new rules on Thursday establishing new liquidation risk management rules for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETF). The industry will now be required to establish programs that protect shareholders in the event that investors suddenly sell off their assets. The SEC proposes that the rules …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released a statement Thursday outlining plans to collect data on the use of force by police officers from across the nation. Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the project as focusing broadly on officer-civilian interactions, while encompassing use of force. The plan is guided by the Death in Custody Reporting …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The French Parliament adopted new legislation Thursday allowing transgender citizens to update their legal status without having to undergo sterilization procedures. The change comes after backlash over the requirements and campaigns from several advocacy groups. Citizens will still have to go to court to have their update be recognized. Laws regarding transgender rights are undergoing reformation …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives announced its decision on Friday to quit the Commonwealth of Nations after the organization issued a warning to the country that it could be suspended because of its failure to promote the rule of law and democracy. Stating that the decision was difficult but inevitable, …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected suggestions that his country could face war crimes charges because of its role in the airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. Putin was primarily responding to remarks from France President Francois Hollande that the airstrikes were tantamount to war crimes. Putin told France media that these accusations were "rhetoric" and failed …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The UN Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) on Wednesday urged Ethiopian authorities to end the violence against peaceful protesters. These attacks by Ethiopian authorities have reportedly led to over 600 deaths in the past year. In response to this violence, the UN has called for an international commission and have requested that the Ethiopian government …

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by Brittany Felder

Saudi Arabian led airstrikes on a funeral in Sana'a, Yemen's capital, were an "apparent war crime," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday as it also called for a credible investigation. The airstrikes, which occurred on October 8 killed approximately 100 people attending the funeral and injured 500 more, including children. HRW said that the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A New Jersey judge signed a summons on Thursday accusing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of misconduct for his alleged role in the closure of bridge lanes in 2013. Christie was not charged by federal prosecutors or held responsible by other investigations into the George Washington Bridge lane-closure. The charges in the summons come from a citizen's …

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by Brittany Felder

A resident of Flint, Michigan on Wednesday announced that she filed a lawsuit asking a single-person grand jury to investigate whether Governor Rick Snyder committed misconduct by using public funds to finance his legal defense. Reports have shown that he approved $2 million in taxpayer money to pay for private criminal defense attorneys to …

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