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Legal news from Sunday, September 17, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

About 14,000 people are currently being detained by the US in overseas prisons in uncertain legal circumstances, the Associated Press reported Sunday. Some 13,000 are being held in Iraq. US officials have told the Red Cross that 70 to 90 percent of the tens of thousands of Iraqis detained in recent years have been "mistakes." As of September 9, …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Women's rights activists in Pakistan urged the government Sunday to suspend controversial religious laws that make it extremely difficult to prosecute rapists in the country. The Pakistan parliament delayed the introduction of a revised 2006 Protection of Women Bill as planned on Friday because Islamic leaders do not want to …

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by Katerina Ossenova

UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith called on the US Saturday to close down Guantanamo Bay at an International Bar Association event in Chicago. While acknowledging that the September 11 attacks required a response to terrorism, he stressed that key principles of democracy and the rule of law had to …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Losing leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador established a parallel government for Mexico Saturday representing what he called a "true, authentic republic" in the wake of a late-August electoral court rule certifying his defeat. Supporters of Lopez Obrador turned out for a symbolic vote at a …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Thousands of protestors took to the streets across South Africa Saturday demonstrating against same-sex marriage as South Africa's parliament prepares to hold hearings on a bill that would place same-sex partnerships on equal footing with traditional marriage. The parliament is set to debate the Civil Unions Bill, …

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by Katerina Ossenova

President Bush used his weekly radio address Saturday to reiterate his call to members of Congress to pass his proposed legislation on military commissions for terror detainees. Bush focused his remarks on provisions that would provide what the White House has described as "clear rules" …

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