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european commission takes hungary to court over laws restricting asylum - jurist - news
the european commission, the eu’s executive branch, announced [press release] thursday that it was referring hungary to the european court of justice (ecj) [official website] for violations of eu treaties regarding protections for asylum seekers.the european commission had been threatening [press release] hungary since 2015, saying that their asylum laws were not compatible with eu law. after hungary passed amendments to their asylum laws in 2017, the commission renewed its efforts by sending [press release] a complementary letter of formal notice giving hungarian officials two months to respond to allegations of infringement of eu directives. following a reply by hungary, the commission found that hungarian officials had not adequately addressed the issues brought in the letter, which led the commission to refer hungary to the ecj by sending a letter of formal notice.the commission alleges that hungary’s laws regarding transit zones at its borders infringe the asylum procedures directive [text, pdf] by only allowing asylum applications within those transit zones that have limited access and extremely lengthy waiting periods. the directive sets a maximum of 4 weeks for holding someone in a transit zone. the commission also notes that hungary’s deficient asylum procedures cause some migrants to be escorted back over the border despite their desire to apply for asylum. these practices are also said to be in conflict with the reception conditions directive and the return...
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rights group calls for arrests of myanmar officials - jurist - news
human rights advocacy group fortify rights [advocacy website] called [report, pdf] called thursday for the arrest of top officials in myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against rohingya civilians.in its report, fortify rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for [international criminal court] arrest warrants.” the activist organization singled out 22 military and police officials connected with the violence against myanmar’s rohingya minority in the rakhine region.according to the report, prior to the infamous militant arakan rohingya salvation army’s (arsa) attacks on police and military outposts on august 25, 2017, the government armed and trained neighboring non-rohingya villages to take up arms against their rohingya neighbors. in addition, government forces allegedly confiscated tools and weapons, dismantled protective structures such as walls and fences, and imposed more stringent control over rohingya populations such as curfews. following arsa’s attack on august 25, the military allegedly perpetrated crimes against humanity, including mass killings, tortures, rape and displacements.the report calls on the un security council to refer the situation to the international criminal court (icc). under article 58 of the rome statute [text], the icc may issue a warrant for arrest if the prosecutor can find reasonable grounds for crimes being committed. articles 5 and 6 of the statute gives the icc juris...
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israel lawmakers approve controversial jewish identity law - jurist - news
israel’s knesset [official website] approved a bill [text] wednesday that champions the jewish nation-state and jewish national identity. the bill passed by a 62-55 margin.the bill designates the state of israel as the national home of the jewish people, jerusalem as its capital and hebrew as its official language. it reaffirms the star of david and the menorah as national symbols for the nation’s flag and emblem, respectively. the bill officially recognizes the country’s independence day and days of remembrance. it also designates the hebrew calendar as the official calendar of the state and “hatikvah” as its anthem. finally, the new law declares israel “open to jewish immigration and the ingathering of exiles” and specifically makes “development of jewish settlement” a national interest.the new law is to be enshrined within israel’s basic laws [materials]. the bill is controversial with proponents praising it as a cornerstone of israeli national identity and zionist ideals. at the same time, opponents, such as the knesset’s predominately arab joint list political coalition, criticize the bill as promoting racism that is likely to lead to discrimination against non-jewish israelis.
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former south korea president given additional 8-year sentence - jurist - news
former south korean president park geun-hye was sentenced to eight more years in prison on friday following her involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal. this latest sentence stems from charges relating to interference in the the country’s 2016 parliamentary elections and the collection of 3.5 billion won in illegal payments from south korea’s national intelligence service.in april park received a sentence [jurist report] of 24 years in prison on various corruption charges pertaining to the same scandal. park now faces 34 years in prison.park was impeached [jurist report] by the south korean parliament in 2016 after it came to light that she extorted millions of dollars from major south korean corporations with choi soon-sil, a daughter of  religious sect leader choi tae-min. park was removed from office in march 2017 when the south korean constitutional court [official website] upheld the parliament’s impeachment.the former president was not at her sentencing. she has been boycotting her court proceedings since october.
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organization of american states condemns violence in nicaragua - jurist - news
the organization of american states [official website] passed a resolution [materials] on wednesday denouncing violence in nicaragua, particularly the violence committed against members of the roman catholic clergy and other protesters by the nicaraguan government.  the resolution also advocated that the nicaraguan government adopt an electoral calendar to strengthen democracy and participate in a national dialogue.twenty-one member states approved [press release] the resolution, including the us, mexico, canada, argentina and brazil. nicaragua and two other states voted against the resolution, and seven states abstained.also on wednesday, oas vetoed a proposed resolution by nicaragua that would have officially condemned opposition groups in nicaragua and accused the groups of colluding with terrorists.a month ago human rights watch urged [press release] oas to condemn the nicaraguan government’s abuse of protesters since the demonstrations that began in april. earlier in june amnesty international condemned [jurist report] nicaraguan president daniel ortega’s “‘shoot-to-kill’ policy” and treatment of political protesters.
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spain judge withdraws extradition requests for catalan independence activists - jurist - news
a judge for spain’s supreme court [official website, in spanish] said [opinion, pdf, in spanish] thursday that he has withdrawn rebellion charges for six politicians involved in the catalan independence referendum nullified and declared unconstitutional [jurist report] in october 2017.among these six include former president of the catalan generalitat carles puigdemont. the spanish court agreed with terms set out by the superior regional court of schleswig-holstein of germany [jurist report] last week, to face only embezzlement of public funds charges, but not for rebellion or sedition.puigdemont first fled spanish soil back in october, absconding to belgium after his administration had declared independence from spain. he has since been required to stay in germany while the extradition proceedings take place. puigdemont faced charges [jurist report] of rebellion and misuse of public funds. only the latter has been held permissible. the charge of misuse of public funds carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years while the more serious charge of rebellion, faced by many of puigdemont’s former cabinet, would up the jail time to 30 years.although honoring the german court’s decision, spanish judge judge pablo llarena was critical of its judgment, citing a “lack of commitment” and stating that “the german court of execution has advanced a judgment that is not consistent with the progressive crystallization of the imputation, and does so from an unfortunate posit...
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brexit advocacy group fined £61,000 for breaking election laws - jurist - news
vote leave [advocacy website], an advocacy group spearheading the uk’s withdrawal from the eu, was fined £61,000 and referred to authorities by the country’s electoral commission [official website] on tuesday for breaking electoral laws during the 2016 referendum.in an official statement [press release], the commission stated that it had obtained evidence that vote leave exceeded its legal spending limit of  £7 million by almost  £500,000 and turned in an incomplete and inaccurate spending report, as required under the political parties, elections and referendums act 2000 [materials]. the commission also uncovered evidence that vote leave channeled money to a canadian data firm, aggregateiq [corporate website], to target political advertisements on facebook thorough seperate campaign group, beleave, and its founder darren grimes, which was never declared by vote leave.a report [text, pdf] of the commission’s finding was also released to the public, detailing the charges and evidence gathered against the advocacy groups.the electoral commission director of political finance and regulation & legal counsel, bob posner, was quoted in the press release:the electoral commission has followed the evidence and conducted a thorough investigation into spending and campaigning carried out by vote leave and beleave. we found substantial evidence that the two groups worked to a common plan, did not declare their joint working and did not adhere to the legal spending lim...
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bangladesh court sentences four to death for crimes against humanity during 1971 war - jurist - news
the international crimes tribunal of bangladesh (ictb) [official website] sentenced [judgment, pdf] four people to death on tuesday for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence [bbc backgrounder] from pakistan.the convicts, all over the age of 65 at the time the judgment was passed, were charged with committing genocide, murder, abduction and torture from may 7 through november 24, 1971, in the moulvipazar district villages of panchgaon and paschimbhag.the three-judge tribunal rendered a unanimous decision, stating that the convicts “had acted as the members of an ‘auxiliary force’ under control of pakistani occupation army for their operational and other purposes” during which time they were found to have murdered 61 villagers, raped six hindu women, looted 136 houses and set them on fire in the villages of panchgaon and pashimbhag.the ictb, established in 2009 under the international crimes act [text], is charged with detaining, prosecuting and punishing persons responsible for committing genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under international law committed during the 1971 conflict. rights groups such as amnesty international [advocacy website] have criticized [jurist report] death sentences imposed by the ictb, stating that trials of war criminals have, in the past, “failed to meet international standards.” this is the thirty-third verdict since the ictb began the trial of suspects for their roles i...
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federal appeals court continues to block trump transgender military ban - jurist - news
the us court of appeals for the ninth circuit [official website] on wednesday rejected [order, pdf] the trump administration’s request to vacate a lower court’s order blocking president donald trump’s transgender military ban, stating that doing so would “upend, rather than preserve, the status quo.”last august trump issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretaries of the departments of defense (dod) and homeland security (dhs) [official websites] to continue policies that had been lifted by the obama administration that banned transgender individuals from military service. this first blanket ban was challenged and blocked by multiple federal courts, including district courts in the western district of washington and the district of columbia [jurist reports] in december, citing violations of due process and equal protection rights.in march trump directed [presidential memorandum] secretary of defense james mattis to ban [jurist report] transgender troops from serving in the military only if they require surgery or significant medical treatment, ending the first 2017 blanket ban. trump then moved to dissolve the december injunction in light of the march memorandum, which the ninth circuit denied.with this preliminary block, transgender people may continue enlisting in the military until the trial expected in 2019.
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'crime of aggression' comes into force at icc - jurist - news
the international criminal court (icc) [official website] on tuesday assumed jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the icc’s founding under the rome statute [text, pdf]. the crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal court, reviving global legal powers last exercised at the nuremburg and tokyo war crimes trials of the 1940s. the wording defines aggression as “the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position effectively to exercise control over or to direct the political or military action of a state, of an act of aggression which, by its character, gravity and scale, constitutes a manifest violation of the charter of the united nations.”supporters hope that this will offer some prospect of deterrence and some degree of certainty in identifying criminals. however, the new offense cannot be enforced retroactively.the icc will only have direct power of prosecution over the states that have ratified the recently defined crime. only 35 countries have done so, making their leaders liable to prosecution if they start a war. the uk is not among them, and the us is not a member of the icc.
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india top court calls for new law to control mob violence - jurist - news
the highest court in india on wednesday asked the government to pass a law to control the outbreak of mob violence and increase of lynchings in the past year.there has been growing unrest in india between the different religious groups. there have been more than 25 mob-related incidents of violence and lynchings in 2018 alone.in one of these so-called cow vigilante cases [text, pdf], in which mobs are acting to protect the sacred animal, the highest court in india has called on the government to create a law that protects all citizens, saying that this increasing rate of mob violence cannot become the new normal.when any core group with some kind of idea take the law into their own hans, its ushers in anarchy, chaos, disorder and, eventually, there is an emergence of a violent society. vigilantism cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be give room to take shape, for it is absolutely a perverse notion.such a law has not yet been proposed in parliament.
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brexit advocacy group fined £61,000 and referred to police for breaking election laws-done - jurist - news
vote leave [advocacy website], an advocacy group spearheading united kingdom’s withdrawal from the european union, was fined £61,000 and referred to authorities on tuesday for breaking electoral laws during the 2016 referendum by the country’s electoral commission [official website].in an official statement [press release], the commission stated that it had obtained evidence that vote leave exceeded its legal spending limit of  £7 million by almost  £500,000 and turned in an incomplete and inaccurate spending report, as required under the political parties, elections and referendums act 2000 [materials]. the commission also uncovered evidence that vote leave channeled money to a canadian data firm, aggregateiq [official website], to target political advertisements on facebook thorough seperate campaign group, beleave, and its founder darren grimes, which was never declared by vote leave. a report [pdf] of the commission’s finding was also released to the public, detailing the charges and evidence gathered against the advocacy groups. the electoral commission director of political finance and regulation & legal counsel, bob posner, was quoted in the press release as stating:[t]he electoral commission has followed the evidence and conducted a thorough investigation into spending and campaigning carried out by vote leave and beleave. we found substantial evidence that the two groups worked to a common plan, did not declare their joint working and did not a...
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europe rights court criticizes russia on pussy riot, politkovskaya cases - jurist - news
the european court of human rights on tuesday criticized russia over its treatment of three members of pussy riot and its handling of the investigation into the death of journalist anna politkovskaya [judgments].the court found that russia had violated five articles of the european convention on human rights in its arrest and conviction of three members of the pussy riot [jurist news archive] protest group in 2012. maria alyokhina, nadezhda tolokonnikova and yekaterina samutsevich were arrested after performing a protest song in a moscow cathedral and sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism. the court found that russia violated their freedom of expression, denied them access to their lawyers, and subjected them to humiliating and overcrowded conditions. the court ordered russia to pay 16,000 euros each to tolokonnikova and alyokhina, and 5,000 euros to samutsevich, as well as 11,760 euros for their legal expenses.in a separate judgment, the court found that russia violated article 2 of the convention by failing to “take adequate investigatory steps” to determine who ordered the murder of politkovskaya [jurist news archive] in 2006. while five men were convicted [jurist report] of her murder in 2014, it remains unclear who commissioned the killing. the court ordered the government to pay a total of 20,000 euros to members of politkovskaya’s family.
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european commission fines google $5.1bn for privacy violations - jurist - news
the european commission [official website] fined google €4.34 billion (usd $5.1 billion) on wednesday for violating eu antitrust regulations. in a press release [text], the commission alleged that google illegally required smartphone manufacturers to pre-install the google search engine and google chrome as a requirement to license google’s app store, google play, as well as illegally paid smartphone manufacturers to exclusively pre-install the google search engine.commissioner margrethe vestager was quoted in the press release:google has used android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. these practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. they have denied european consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. this is illegal under eu antitrust rules.the commission said google’s conduct violates article 54 of the european economic area agreement and article 102 [texts] of the treaty on the functioning of the european union.this is not the first time that google has been fined for antitrust violations. in february google was fined [jurist report] $21 million for abuse of its dominant position by the competition commission of india [official website]. the european commission also fined [jurist report] google €2.42 billion in june 2017 for similar anti-competitive behavior.
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iran sues us over sanctions - jurist - news
iran filed a lawsuit [materials] against the us in the international court of justice tuesday, alleging that the us is violating a 1955 treaty.this lawsuit follows the us’ decision in may to remove itself from the iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against tehran. iran is alleging that in taking such action, the us is violating multiple articles of the amity treaty of 1955 [text, pdf].in the case proceedings [text, pdf], the republic of iran details how the talk of these sanctions has already had a negative impact in the country.one of the immediate effects of the announcement of 8 may sanctions (and its anticipation) has been the devaluation of iranian currency. since october 2017, when president trump merely suggested that the usa would re-impose sanctions, the value of the rial has dropped dramatically. this devaluation has resulted and is continuing to result in inflation in the prices of goods, commodities, raw materials and related services in different sectors of the economy.iran is requesting that the court have all sanctions [jurist report] immediately put on hold until the end of the proceedings.
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former new york senate majority leader found guilty of corruption in retrial - jurist - news
former new york senate majority leader, dean skelos, and his son, adam skelos, were found guilty for the second time on charges of corruption.the pair were first arrested and found guilty in 2015, when dean had allegedly been trading political favors for work and checks for adam. both remained out of jail, free on bail, while waiting an appeal hearing.the us circuit court of appeals for the second circuit then vacated the guilty conviction [jurist report] on the basis of the decision of the supreme court in mcdonnell v. united states [opinion, pdf].deputy us attorney robert khuzami shared in a press release [text] that he was not surprised by the decision of the court.yet again, a new york jury heard a sordid tale of bribery, extortion, and the abuse of power by a powerful public official of this state. and yet again, a jury responded with a unanimous verdict of guilt, in this case of dean skelos and his son adam–sending the resounding message that political corruption will not be tolerated.both men are facing up to 110 years in prison, with their sentencing to take place in october.
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four states file lawsuit against trump administration tax cap - jurist - news
the attorneys general for new york, connecticut, maryland and new jersey filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] on tuesday against the trump administration’s $10,000 limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (salt), alleging that it harms taxpayers and undermines state sovereignty.the suit alleges that taxpayers in the plaintiff states will not only be paying more taxes but will also be receiving the least benefit from the new tax plan relative to other states.the complaint says:as the drafters of the sixteenth amendment [footnote omitted] and every subsequent congress have understood, the salt deduction is essential to prevent the federal tax power from interfering with the states’ sovereign authority to make their own choices about whether and how much to invest in their own residents, businesses, infrastructure, and more—authority that is guaranteed by the tenth amendment and foundational principles of federalism.the complaint was filed in the us district court for the southern district of new york [official website]. the state attorneys general are seeking an injunction against the tax cap.the $10,000 tax cap was passed in december and took effect this year.new york’s attorney general barbara underwood [official profile] said [press release], “we will not allow partisans in washington to hurt our people or interfere with our policies.”
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former pakistan pm appeals corruption conviction - jurist - news
former pakistan prime minister nawaz sharif, his daughter, maryam nawaz, and nawaz’s husband, appealed to the islamabad high court [official website] on monday, challenging their convictions handed down by a pakistani anticorruption court earlier this month.sharif, nawaz and her husband were arrested on friday upon arriving in pakistan to face their sentences. sharif was sentenced [independent report] to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, and nawaz was sentenced to seven years.the court on tuesday rejected sharif’s first request [hindustan times report] for release on bail until the court had time to review the main appeal concerning the corruption charges. another portion of the appeal requests two other corruption cases against sharif to be moved to the islamabad high court.in 2017 sharif was indicted on corruption charges by his opposing party and was forced to step down by the supreme court of pakistan [jurist reports]. then in april, the court banned [jurist report] him from politics for life in ruling [judgment, pdf] that a person would be disqualified for life if the court found that they were not “honest” or “truthful” at any point in their career.
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europe rights court criticizes russia on pussy riot, polikovskaya cases - jurist - news
the european court of human rights on tuesday criticized russia over its treatment of three members of pussy riot and its handling of the investigation into the death of journalist anna politkovskaya [judgments].the court found that russia had violated five articles of the european convention on human rights in its arrest and conviction of three members of the pussy riot [jurist news archive] protest group in 2012. maria alyokhina, nadezhda tolokonnikova and yekaterina samutsevich were arrested after performing a protest song in a moscow cathedral and sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism. the court found that russia violated their freedom of expression, denied them access to their lawyers, and subjected them to humiliating and overcrowded conditions. the court ordered russia to pay 16,000 euros each to tolokonnikova and alyokhina, and 5,000 euros to samutsevich, as well as 11,760 euros for their legal expenses.in a separate judgment, the court found that russia violated article 2 of the convention by failing to “take adequate investigatory steps” to determine who ordered the murder of politkovskaya [jurist news archive] in 2006. while five men were convicted [jurist report] of her murder in 2014, it remains unclear who commissioned the killing. the court ordered the government to pay a total of 20,000 euros to members of politkovskaya’s family.
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egypt approves law to protect senior military officers from prosecution - jurist - news
the egyptian parliament [official website, in arabic] on monday approved a law that would protect high ranking and senior military officers from prosecution.this law is in response to the 2013 violent overthrow of former president mohammed morsi. with the new legislation, current president abdel fattah el-sisi will have the power to grant immunity to those officers involved in the coup.al-sisi was reelected for his second term in office this year. ahead of the election, human rights watch accused egyptian authorities of escalating arbitrary arrests against political opponents [jurist report]. earlier this month amnesty international called for the egyptian parliament to reject proposed laws that would increase the government’s control over online content [jurist report].
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un rights expert criticizes deportation as method for dealing with migration - jurist - news
un special rapporteur on the rights of migrants, felipe gonzález morales, said monday that countries that return migrants to their countries of origin are disregarding human rights considerations.in his report [text], the special rapporteur called for safer passage for returning immigrants, ensuring such returns are voluntary for immigrants, better reintegration programs for immigrants who have returned to their countries of origin, and greater cooperation between destination countries and countries of origin.morales argues that returning migrants to their countries of origin is more costly than allowing them to settle and to integrate them into the destination country’s society. morales commented that undocumented children should not be separated from their parents nor be detained unless it is in the interest of the child. he said that doing so should be considered a deprivation of personal liberty. “children cannot be returned except when it has been determined, through appropriate processes, that it would be in their best interests.”morales further said such expulsions violate the un’s principle of non-refoulment. article 14 [text] of the universal declaration of human rights states all persons have the right to seek asylum in order to escape persecution. furthermore, morales criticized such acts as violating international human rights prohibition of collective expulsions. at the time of publication of this report, morales had visited nepal, and is sche...
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eu and japan sign sweeping trade agreement - jurist - news
the eu and japan signed a trade deal known as the eu-japan economic partnership agreement (epa) [text, pdf] tuesday that eliminates almost all tariffs on products traded between them. the agreement was finalized in december and agreed upon at the eu-japan summit held in tokyo this week.according to an eu statement [press release] the epa, which the eu called a “landmark moment for trade and cooperation,” is the biggest ever negotiated by the eu and will create an open trade zone covering more than 600 million people.donald tusk, president of the european council, jean-claude juncker, president of the european commission, and shinzo abe, prime minister of japan, said in a joint statement [press release, pdf]:in giving full effect to this agreement, the eu and japan are sending a powerful message to promote free, fair and rules-based trade, and against protectionism. the economic partnership agreement demonstrates to the world the firm political will of the eu and japan to keep the flag of free trade waving high and powerfully advance free trade. … we underline the crucial role of the rules-based multilateral trading system with the world trade organization (wto) at its core and continue to fight protectionism.the statement refers to protectionism and references specific trade policies imposed by us president donald trump. trump has hiked tariffs on imports from many former us partners, including china, and specific imports, such as steel and aluminum [jurist reports].
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federal judge rules against family planning organizations in funding lawsuit - jurist - news
a judge for the us district court for the district of columbia [official website] ruled [text, pdf] monday that the department of health and human services (hhs) [official website] was not required to engage in a formal notice-and-comment rule making procedure before shifting the criterion for evaluating grant applications under title x of the public health service act [text, pdf].title x allows the secretary of hhs to award grants to “public or nonprofit private entities to assist in the establishment and operation of voluntary family planning projects which shall offer a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services (including natural family planning methods, infertility services, and services for adolescents).” three planned parenthood affiliates and the national family planning and reproductive health association initiated the lawsuit in february after hhs passed the 2018 announcement.the announcement added an additional factor to guide the agency’s evaluation of grant proposals. mainly, the criterion states that hhs will evaluate grant applications with “‘a meaningful emphasis on … the benefits of avoiding sexual risk,’ easier access to primary health care, ‘increasing family participation,’ and ‘cooperation with … faith based organizations.'” the organizations fear the criterion places too much emphasis on faith-based groups that counsel abstinence rather than safe sex practices and family planning.the organiz...
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doj unveils charges against russian national - jurist - news
the us department of justice (doj) [official website] unsealed a criminal complaint [text, pdf] and an affidavit [text, pdf] on monday against russian national mariia butina for conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notification to the attorney general and influencing american politics.butina is accused of working on behalf of the russian federation and attempting to advance the interests of the russian federation. butina entered the us in or around august 2016 on an f-1 student visa and is accused of making contact with a us person in march 2016 in furtherance of the conspiracy. butina is  also accused of emailing a us person in september 2016 “to organize an event for the purpose of influencing the views of u.s. officials, as those views relate to the russian federation.”according the the affidavit, a march 2015 email between a us person and butina discussed relationships butina had with a guns rights organization’s leadership and officials. the us person also provided butina with a list of business, media, and political contacts.the affidavit also stated that butina and a russian official attended the 2016 national prayer breakfast and the 2017 national prayer breakfast. the 2017 breakfast was also attended by 12 other russian guests. after the 2017 breakfast, butina emailed an organizer of the event discussing a new relationship between the us and russia. butina also emailed another us person, stating “my dearest president has received ‘...
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federal judge orders trump administration to halt deportations of newly reunited families - jurist - news
a federal judge on monday ordered the trump administration to temporarily cease deporting families who have been reunited after the administration dropped its policy of separating undocumented children from their parents.the american civil liberties union [advocacy website] brought a request [motion] before judge dana sabraw of the us district court for the southern district of california [official website] asking that families be given one week after being reunited with their separated children before they can be deported. the aclu reasoned that the extra seven days would give families time to make “fully informed and voluntary decisions about whether to leave their children behind in the united states” if they wanted their children pursue asylum claims separate from their own.this stay comes amidst a flurry of litigation concerning the trump administration’s separation policy. last week the administration said that it had reunited 57 immigrant children with their parents after sabraw granted [jurist reports] a preliminary injunction ordering the reunification of separated families.the deadline for the us government to reunite all children over the age of five with their families is july 26.
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egypt approves law to protect senior military officers from prosecution - jurist - news
on july 17, 1862, president abraham lincoln signed the second confiscation act which, among other things, allowed for the confiscation of private property in rebel territory, without due process or any opportunity for defense. learn more about the confiscation act of 1862.
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federal judge orders trump administration to halt deportations of newly reunited families - jurist - news
on july 16, 1790, the district of columbia was established as the permanent seat of the united states government by the residence act. originally the district contained land on both sides of the potomac, grants from maryland and virginia, but in the mid-19th century, when it was obvious that the major government buildings were being built on the maryland side, virginia asked for its land back and received it. learn more about the history of the district of columbia.
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un: afghanistan civilian deaths reach new high at mid-year point - jurist - news
civilian deaths in afghanistan have reached a new high at the mid-year point, according to a report [text, pdf] from the un assistance mission in afghanistan (unama) [official website] monday.although there was a slight decrease in casualties (deaths and injuries) overall, there have been more fatalities than in previous years, with nearly 1,700 killed so far in 2018. since unama started documentation in 2009, almost 15,000 civilians have lost their lives to the armed conflict in afghanistan.in june there was an unprecedented ceasefire for three days as a holiday observance occurred, where there were no civilian casualties. a press release [text, pdf] from unama contains a statement from tadamichi yamamoto [official website], the un secretary general’s special representative for afghanistan and head of unama:the brief ceasefire demonstrated that the fighting can be stopped and that afghan civilians no longer need to bear the brunt of the war. we urge parties to seize all opportunities to find a peaceful settlement—this is the best way that they can protect all civilians.unama also reports that deliberate attacks on civilians from anti-government elements are increasing at concerning rates. unama is doing everything possible to prevent more civilian casualties, but they are urging a peaceful resolution, so that the years of unrest [jurist archive] can come to an end.
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egypt approves law to protect senior military officers from prosecution - jurist - news
on july 16, 1790, the district of columbia was established as the permanent seat of the united states government by the residence act. originally the district contained land on both sides of the potomac, grants from maryland and virginia, but in the mid-19th century, when it was obvious that the major government buildings were being built on the maryland side, virginia asked for its land back and received it. learn more about the history of the district of columbia.
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doj indicts 12 russia intelligence officers for 2016 election email hack - jurist - news
the us department of justice (doj) [official website] announced thursday that it has indicted [indictment, pdf] 12 russian main intelligence directorate (gru) officers for hacking the emails of employees and volunteers of hillary clinton’s campaign, including that of campaign chairman john podesta. the indictment, approved by special prosecute robert mueller, charged the officers with conspiracy to commit an offense against the us, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to launder money.the indictment says that the officers created a fake security alert email from google that instructed recipients to change their passwords on a gru-created website, thereby giving the officers access to the recipients’ passwords as well as exploited security vulnerabilities on the democratic congressional campaign committee and democratic national committee’s computer networks.this is just one of several indictments issued in the mueller probe. last month prosecutors charged [jurist report] donald trump’s former campaign manager paul manafort with obstruction of justice, his third indictment. in february, 13 russians were charged [indictment, pdf] with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the creation of anti-clinton political ads.
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