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Legal news from Sunday, February 18, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

Hundreds of civilians have been arrested for opposing the Republic of Guinea's government since President Lansana Conte announced martial law last week, according to human rights groups Sunday. Martial law was imposed after Guinea was swept by protests and strikes in opposition to Conte's continued rule. More then 120 people …

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by Caitlin Price

Police in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare ignored a court order and interfered with a political rally held by opposition group Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Sunday. According to an MDC spokesman, police arrested members of the audience and used tear gas to break up the crowd gathered to see Morgan Tsvangirai begin …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that the US Congress would damage the American relationship with Turkey if it supports a resolution recognizing the WWI-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Although the Bush administration has spoken out against such a bill, the Democratic-led Congress may decide …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Saturday in a new report on Saudi Arabia that respect for human rights in the Kingdom seemed to be improving but violations and abuses persisted. The report detailed the existence of unfair trial, the detention of children and the habitual oppression of women and foreign laborers within the …

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by Caitlin Price

An appeal was filed Saturday in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor convicted and sentenced to death by a Libyan court for knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus. Othman Bizanti, lawyer for the accused Bulgarian nurses, lodged the appeal days after counsel for the …

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by Caitlin Price

US Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington was sentenced to eight years in military prison Saturday for his role in the death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania in April 2006. The original sentence of 14 years confinement was reduced to eight according to a pre-trial …

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