Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Maldives Supreme Court upholds prison sentence of former president

NEWS SCAN The Supreme Court of the Maldives upheld the 13-year prison sentence of formerPresident Mohamed Nasheed on terrorism-related charges. Nasheed was originally sentenced in March 2015 after he was found guilty of unilaterally arresting then-Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed on corruption charges. Facing international pressure, the government appealed Nasheed’s sentence, arguing that

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Norway court refuses to guarantee Snowden won’t be extradited

NEWS SCAN A Norwegian court denied a request by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden seeking a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he were to visit Norway. The Norwegian chapter of PEN International  awarded Snowden the 2016 Ossietzky Prize in recognition of his “outstanding efforts

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Supreme Court rules Texas abortion law creates undue burden

NEWS SCAN The US Supreme Court  ruled 5-3 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt  that a Texas law imposing certain requirements on abortion clinics and doctors creates an undue burden on access to abortion, and is therefore unconstitutional. A collection of Texas abortion providers challenged provisions of HB2 requiring doctors