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Legal news from Saturday, February 3, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

The head of the UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) expressed concern Saturday about increased human rights violations by security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly those in the remote eastern portions of the country. MONUC Chief of Mission William Swing told Reuters in an interview …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US President George W. Bush signed a bill Friday to help monitor US congressional pages by expanding the supervisory House Page Board to include a former page and a current or former page's parent. Reps. Dale Kildee, (D-MI), the new board chairman, and Shelley Moore Capito,(R-WV), co-sponsored the bill in response to the 2006 …

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by Joe Shaulis

The governor of Texas signed an executive order Friday making that state the first to require that girls be vaccinated for human papilloma virus (HPV), which is the primary cause of cervical cancer. Gov. Rick Perry's order, which directs the state Department of Health and Human Services to promulgate …

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by Michael Sung

The UN Working Group of Experts on People of Africa Descent Friday called for a global ban on racial profiling at the conclusion of its annual 5-day session. The group urged "states to clearly define and adopt explicit legislative provisions banning racial profiling," a practice which European expert Joe Frans described as …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, the US Marine defense coordinator for the western US, told the Associated Press Friday that his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, has been accused of having made a false statement by Army Col. Richard Basset. Bassett was ordered to investigate alleged abuses of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after Cerveny provided a …

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by Michael Sung

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled Friday that people with serious mental illnesses may be permitted to commit physician-assisted suicide under certain conditions. The decision recognized "that an incurable, permanent, serious mental disorder can cause similar suffering as a physical" and extended Switzerland's current physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill for such patients. …

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by Michael Sung

The US military announced Friday it has drafted new charges against three high-profile Guantanamo Bay detainees. Col. Morris Davis (USAF), chief prosecutor for the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, said that the new charges against Australian David Hicks, Canadian Omar Khadr [Trial Watch profile; JURIST …

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