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A group of 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday challenging the Trump administration's decision to end [press release] the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) [USCIS materials] program. DACA provides protection [Reuters report] from deportation to undocumented immigrants, often called "Dreamers," who were brought to the US as children. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [official website] released a statement [official statement] on Tuesday vowing to sue the president to protect...
UN Secretary-General António Guterres [official website] called on the government of Myanmar Tuesday to grant [press statements] nationality, or at least legal status, to the Rohingya Muslim minority group that resides in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Myanmar's security forces have responded to recent violence from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army with indiscriminate attacks in the Rakhine State. Guterres stated that the granting of nationality was necessary to allow the members of the minority group to live a normal life,...
A number of prominent Republicans on Monday and filed amicus briefs imploring the Supreme Court to end gerrymandering. The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford [SCOTUSblog materials] on October 3. Prominent politicians who filed briefs urging the court to find gerrymandering unconstitutional include: John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse [brief, PDF] and John Kasich, Bob Dole, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Danforth and Richard Lugar, among others [brief, PDF]. A number of Republican organization filed briefs for the...
The European Court of Justice [official website] on Wednesday ruled [judgment] that Slovakia and Hungary must host asylum seekers as a part of the EU migration policy [EU materials]. Slovakia and Hungary filed a complaint [text] arguing that it was illegal for Brussels to require them to take in hundreds of Syrian refugees and that it would destabilize their economies. According to the court [press release], the requirement of each EU state to take a quota of refugees helps stabilize...
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday stayed an injunction [opinion, PDF] that had blocked the Texas voter ID law [SB 5, PDF], allowing its implementation. The injunction was put in place [JURIST report] by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] in late August after she found the revised law discriminatory against minority voters. Ramos had previously found that a 2011 law [SB...
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned [report] both China's oppression of critics of the nation's human rights record and the UN's failure to stop such conduct. The report alleges that, "China has worked consistently and often aggressively to silence criticism of its human rights record before UN bodies and has taken actions aimed at weakening some of the central mechanisms available in those institutions to advance rights." HRW argued that because of China's growing influence in...
[JURIST] US President https://www.donaldjtrump.com/">Donald Trump's [campaign website] campaign attorney Michael Carvin [professional profile] filed a brief [text, PDF] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russian operatives. The case was originally filed [POLITICO report] on behalf of three Democratic Party [official website] affiliates who claim the Trump campaign conspired with Russian operatives to publish data illegally obtained from...
A 26-year-old Mexican immigrant in New York has amended his ongoing lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US government to challenge the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program [JURIST report]. Batalla Vidal, who initially brought the suit [materials] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] in August 2016, has amended the lawsuit to include Attorney General Jeff Session's announcement on Tuesday [press release] that the Trump administration...
Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga [BBC profile], whose campaign against the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta [government website] was declared unsuccessful after a countrywide election last month by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Committee (IEBC) [government website], has issued a statement [BBC report] that he would not be participating in the October re-election process. The August election [materials] itself has been invalidated by Kenya's highest court [materials, PDF]. Odinga has stated that he will not participate in another election "without legal...
[JURIST] The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi [official website] reported [materials] 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 [JURIST report] of human rights violations such as illegal executions, torture, inhumane treatment, sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrests and detention, and orchestrated kidnappings. According to the commission, the perpetrators include intelligence, police, and military officials as well as members of the...
[JURIST] The Guatemalan Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] 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 [Al Jazeera report] $825,000 in financing, and certain expenses were paid for by an unknown source of funding. While Morales has denied such accusations, Morales' political party, the National Convergence Front, and several others are currently under investigation....
Kem Sokha, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) [party website] was charged Tuesday with treason after his arrest on Sunday. The arrest of Sokha was first announced [Tweet] by his daughter on social media. Sokha and others were arrested and charged [Cambodia Daily report] with committing acts of treason by colluding with foreign agencies [Phnom Penh Post report]. At issue is the international support Sokha receives ahead of next year's election, which resulted in a televised broadcast in...
[JURIST] Colombia's government signed a peace agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN) [InSight Crime profile] 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 [biography], said [press release, in Spanish] that the during the ceasefire agreement, the ELN pledged not to kidnap or harass citizens, or attack the nation's pipelines. "That is very important, because all this leads is to protect the Colombians," said Santos....
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Wednesday ruled 11-6 [judgment] 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) [text, PDF], concerning the "right to respect for private and family life." This ruling concerns a 2007 incident [press release, PDF] wherein a private company in Romania was monitoring the Yahoo! Messenger communications of its employee, Bogdan Mihai Bărbulescu,...
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday announced [press release] a settlement [dismissal, PDF] with Buffalo City School District [official website] to halt discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the district. The settlement came in a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] the NYCLU filed in May alleging the school openly and consistently allowed discrimination by preventing students from forming a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) [advocacy website] student organization as well as prohibiting same-sex prom...
[JURIST] US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced [prepared remarks] the Trump administration's plans to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [official website] program, which gives undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, known as Dreamers, protection from deportation. According to a White House press release [text], "The Trump Administration is taking responsible action to wind down DACA in an orderly and minimally disruptive manner." No new undocumented immigrants may register under DACA, and the immigrants...
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] appealed [press release] 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 [text] revealed that such violations continue with no apparent end in sight. The mandatory report is published by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] recording violations of human rights and humanitarian law over a three-year...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: Kenya's Supreme Court [Official website] ruled 4-2 Friday to invalidate [materials] the recent presidential election. [more] UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee [official profile] on Thursday expressed grave concern [press release] for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as the "cycle of violence" against them worsens. [more] [JURIST] Thailand's Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday cleared former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC bio] and his then-deputy Suthep Thaugsuban of murder and attempted murder during...
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: [JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] granted a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] Thursday, blocking Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure. [more] [JURIST] Individuals blocked from entering the US by President Donald Trump's original travel ban order can reapply for visas, under the terms of a settlement [text, PDF] reached Thursday. [more] Ohio...
[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] granted a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] Thursday, blocking Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure. The ban that was halted by Judge Lee Yeakel [official profile] originates in Senate Bill 8 [text] and would have taken effect Friday. The judge found that the state's arguments to prevent the restraining order unpersuasive and to possess a "thin...

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