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Legal news from Tuesday, September 5, 2017
by Matthew Santiago

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi reported on Monday that various crimes against humanity have been committed in the troubled country since investigations began in April 2015. In June the commission released evidence of human rights violations such as illegal executions, torture, inhumane treatment, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests and detention, and …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Guatemalan Supreme Court ruled on Monday that legislators will review a request to lift President Jimmy Morales's immunity from prosecution amid mounting evidence of illegal political financing. According to prosecutors, Morales's 2015 presidential campaign secretly received $825,000 in financing, and certain expenses were paid for by an unknown source of funding. …

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by Miracle Jones

Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was charged Tuesday with treason after his arrest on Sunday. The arrest of Sokha was first announced by his daughter on social media. Sokha and others were arrested and charged with committing acts of treason by colluding with foreign agencies. …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Colombia's government signed a peace agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Ecuador on Monday, two days before Pope Francis's visit to the country. In a speech on Monday, Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, said that the during the ceasefire agreement, the ELN pledged not to kidnap or harass citizens, …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Wednesday ruled 11-6 that unrestricted monitoring of an employee's communication by his or her employer constitutes a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 8), concerning the "right to respect for private and family life." This ruling concerns a 2007 incident [press …

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by Miracle Jones

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) on Tuesday announced a settlement with Buffalo City School District to halt discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the district. The settlement came in a lawsuit the NYCLU filed in May alleging the school openly and consistently allowed discrimination …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced the Trump administration's plans to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as Dreamers, protection from deportation. According to a White House press release, "The Trump Administration is taking responsible action to wind …

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by Ram Eachambadi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein appealed to the international community Tuesday to conduct an investigation into allegations of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, after a new UN report revealed that such violations continue with no apparent end in sight. The mandatory report is published …

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