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Legal news from Sunday, November 18, 2007
by Benjamin Klein

Pakistani bar leaders have expressed dismay at the shutdown of Geo-TV and another independent Pakistani television channel, declaring the closures an unconstitutional violation of free speech contrary to Article 19 of the now-suspended national charter. Geo and ARY Television, which have been beaming their news programs from ground stations in Dubai since …

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by Benjamin Klein

Singaporean human rights group SG Human Rights called Sunday for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to split off the human rights section of its proposed new charter into a separate treaty. Chapter 14 of the draft Charter, which is to be signed early this coming week, aims to deepen the integration of member-states …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Khieu Samphan, the president of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) from 1976 to 1979 during the communist Khmer Rouge regime has defended the late Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot in a new book, denying that he was responsible for genocide. In his Reflection on Cambodian History Up to the Era of Democratic Kampuchea, Samphan called Pot …

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by Eric Firkel

The Iraqi parliament Saturday ordered an investigation into the delay of a referendum on the future of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk after Kurdish leaders accused the Arab-dominated Iraqi central government of blocking the vote, which could result in the city joining the Kurdish-controlled semiautonomous region in the north of …

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by Josh Camson

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is likely to face 8 1/2-year old corruption charges again in the likely event that an amnesty ordinance issued by President Pervez Musharraf is thrown out by the country's Supreme Court, according to Pakistani Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum as quoted Sunday in an interview with …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

UN officials reported Friday that chairwoman of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Asma Jahangir has been released from her two-week house arrest in Pakistan. Jahangir has been detained at her home in Lahore since November 3, when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf …

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