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Legal news from Saturday, October 13, 2007
by Patrick Porter

Sri Lankan and visiting UN officials disagreed publicly Saturday on how to approach the country's worsening human rights situation in the midst of ongoing civil conflict. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said at a news conference she would support a possible UNOHCHR monitoring mission as urged by activists. Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister Mahinda …

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by Howard Kline

The Supreme Court of Chile began an investigation Friday into whether Carlos Cerda, the judge who last week indicted the relatives of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, violated a judiciary rule that "forbids judges from criticizing other judges." Cerda order the arrests of a total of 23 suspects [list, in …

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by Howard Kline

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Russian human rights activists at the US ambassador's residence in Moscow Saturday to address growing concerns regarding freedom of speech, independence of the judiciary and conditions in the Caucasus region. Alexander Brod, head of the Moscow Human Rights Bureau, said that the discussions heavily focused on what he called …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US military refused to hand over Saddam Hussein's defense minister for execution in September despite Iraqi government demands, TIME magazine reported Friday. An adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told TIME that US officials refused to deliver Sultan Hashem Ahmed al-Jubouri al-Tai from detention at US Camp Cropper to an anticipated September 10 …

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by Patrick Porter

Myanmar detained four more pro-democracy activists Saturday as part of its ongoing crackdown on opponents of the ruling military junta. The latest detainees include Htay Kywe, Mie Mie (also known as Thin Thin Aye), and Aung Thu, all members of the 1988 Generation Students group. The fourth was activist Ko Ko. Htae …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday that US courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) to hear certain tort claims brought by apartheid victims against companies that allegedly collaborated with the South African government in the maintenance of the regime. A number of large corporations …

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