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15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ALCUM) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against the state of Michigan challenging the state's "Freedom to Work" legislation [SB 116, materials]. The ACLUM was joined by various labor unions, including the AFL-CIO [official website]. The suit [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday released and deported Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist Nguyen Quoc Quan after nine months of detention. Quan was arrested [JURIST report] on terrorism charges for planning protests in support of a banned group of US exiles, the Viet Tan [advocacy website]. He was released following diplomatic pressure [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans for inciting self-immolation [Xinhua report] according to a Thursday report from Xinhua [official website], China's state news agency. The two men were charged with intentional homicide after inciting and coercing eight people to self-immolate, three of whom ultimately died. Lorang Konchok was [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday ordered the chief of the National Accountability Bureau [official website], the government's anti-corruption agency, to appear before the tribunal in regard to a letter he wrote that criticizes the court's judges. The letter, written by retired Admiral Fasih Bokhari to [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] on Thursday adopted the first report [press release, PDF] by the International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory [official website] which concluded that a multitude of violations have occurred. Titled "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli forces should cease its use of live ammunition against civilians that may constitute excessive use of force, according to a statement [text, PDF] released on Wednesday by UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley. He expressed concern over the increasing number of civilians killed by Israeli forces in the occupied [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow City Court [official website, Russian] on Wednesday denied an appeal by Russian feminist rock group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive], continuing a ban on the group's videos from the Internet. The court deemed [Reuters report] the band's videos questioning the role of religion in Russian [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional. Judge John Corbett O'Meara found that last year's Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama [JURIST report], which held [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that Hungary [BBC backgrounder] violated the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF] by discriminating against Roma [JURIST news archive] children and wrongly placing them in remedial schools. Istvan Horvath and Andras Kiss, two Roma men from [read more]

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