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turkish court orders release of opposition spokeperson

[jurist] a turkish court released a peoples’ democratic party (hdp) [party website] parliamentarian thursday, according to a hdp statement [press release]. parliamentarian ayhan bilgen is the former speaker of the hdp and has been jailed over allegations of terrorism. this rele...




senate committee approves $10 million to un climate agency

[jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that oversees the paris climate agree...




us legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017

here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the u...




world legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017

here’s the international legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that over...




guatemala congressional panel recommends lifting president's immunity

a guatemalan congressional committee on sunday recommended that president jimmy morales’ immunity should be voided so the attorney general and the un can investigate illegal campaign financing allegations. according to the attorney general and head of the international commissi...




un rights chief criticizes myanmar 'ethnic cleansing' at opening of human rights council session

un high commissioner for human rights zeid ra’ad al hussein called [press release] the situation in myanmar “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” at the opening of the un human rights council’s 36th regular session [press release] monday. during his oral pre...




maldives suspends lawyers calling for rule of law

maldives authorities suspended 56 lawyers on monday for signing and trying to submit a petition to the supreme court calling to uphold the rule of law. the petition cited court violations primarily in cases against opposition politicians. the department of judicial...




poland can demand wwii reparations from germany, experts say

a panel of legal experts for the polish parliament concluded [press release, in polish]y monda that poland is entitled to seek reparations from germany over any acts committed by the country during the second world war. the report[text, pdf, in polish] relies ...




google appeals eu antitrust fines

google appealed its eu antitrust fine on monday after intel’s partial victory [jurist report] last week against a similar eu sanction. google’s appeal comes two months after the initial [jurist report] antitrust fine by the european commission [official website] for ab...




supreme court order allows enforcement of travel ban against refugees

us supreme court [official website] justice anthony kennedy issued an order [text, pdf] monday staying a lower court ruling, allowing enforcement of the trump administration travel ban against refugees. the justice department had filed an emergency application ...




california files lawsuit to challenge daca rescission

california filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] on monday against the us department of homeland security (dhs) [official website], alleging the rescission of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) [uscis materials] program is unconstitutional. the complaint alleges that daca’s resci...




unicef: children in war torn countries have right to safe water

[jurist] the un children’s fund (unicef) [official website] voiced [press release] its concerns on tuesday regarding the lack of drinking water accessible to children in war torn countries. according to unicef, more than 180 million people are cut off [un ...




hong kong protests spurred by imprisonment of democracy activists

three democracy activists were jailed on thursday for participating in the 2014 pro-democracy umbrella movement, which lead to thousands of hong kong citizens protesting on sunday in opposition of their imprisonment. joshua wong, nathan law, and alex chow were con...




oregon governor signs bill expanding coverage of abortions and birth control

oregon governor kate brown [official website] signed a bill [text, pdf] into law on tuesday that expands access to abortions and birth control. the bill prohibits health benefit plans from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or any other cost sharing re...




trump threatens military action in venezuela amidst political unrest

us president donald trump on friday threatened venezuela with military action due to its ongoing political unrest, which ,according to trump, has lead to the dissolution of democracy. as of late, venezuela has been in a state of unrest [reuters repo...




myanmar government inquiry finds no crimes against humanity in rakhine violence

an inquiry conducted by the myanmar government has found no crimes against humanity [press release, in burmese] were committed during violent clashes in rakhine state last year, vice president myint swe said sunday. speaking to reporters at the release of the rakhine i...




congress reaches a deal on new russian sanctions

the house of representatives and the senate reached an agreement on saturday to impose a new sanctions bill [materials] on russia that would give congress a new veto power in any presidential attempt to roll back the sanctions. the development was brought by both ...




poland's parliament passes law to give control of the supreme court to the government

on saturday, poland’s upper house of parliament, the senate [official website], passed a law [pdf, in polish] that would give the government control over the supreme court. the law still needs to be approved [cnn report] by president andrz...




supreme court declines to hear lawsuit against california ban on gay conversion therapy

[jurist] the us supreme court on monday declined to hear [order list, pdf] an appeal challenging california’s 2012 ban on “gay conversion” therapy. the law [text, pdf], signed by california governor jerry brown [official website], became the first of its kind, ba...




justice department appeals court injunction on travel ban

[jurist] the us department of justice [official website] filed a notice [text, pdf] on thursday saying that it will appeal a hawaii federal judge’s order [text, pdf] against president donald trump’s [official website] revised travel ban [text]. the judge converted [...