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Legal news from Tuesday, July 23, 2013
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's constitutional order is being threatened by the current government practices, according to an open letter [text, in Russian] signed by more than 50 of Russia's leading legal experts on Tuesday. The letter accuses the government [CSM report] of systematic rights abuses and efforts to silence political opponents and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 9-5 Monday that an ordinance barring undocumented workers from renting property within the city of Farmers Branch, Texas [official website], is unconstitutional. The ordinance requires that prospective renters provide proof of their immigration status, and [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in favor of two men seeking recognition of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. Ohio law prohibits same-sex marriage but recognizes marriages solemnized outside of the state. James Obergefell and his [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Kuwait on Monday overturned the criminal convictions of three former members of parliament for criticizing the Emir, the nation's leader. The Kuwait Society for Human Rights [advocacy website, in Arabic] helped break the story [AFP report] internationally via Twitter, when its director posted a short [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Female genital mutilation/cutting [WHO backgrounder; JURIST news archive] (FGM/C) is on the decline around the world [press release], according to a comprehensive new report [text, PDF] released Monday by UNICEF [official website]. FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] on Monday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] a North Dakota abortion law, calling it unconstitutional. HB 1456 [test, PDF] is one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country [NBC report] and would prohibit [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Cephans Lumina [official profile], the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and human rights, called upon Japan Monday to adopt a rights-based approach to international development [press release]. As one of the largest providers of development assistance in the world, Lumina recommended that Japan make a [read more]

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