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Legal news from Saturday, January 19, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

Canadian Foreign Minster Maxime Bernier said Saturday that the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will remove the US from an internal document that lists countries that employ interrogation methods that amount to torture and where prisoners risk being tortured. The document was part of a manual given to Canadian diplomats in a …

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by Howard Kline

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard said Friday that Israel's recent attack on a Hamas government office in Gaza which injured around 50 civilians and the killings of some 40 Palestinians in the past week should be considered war crimes, noting that the attacks violate the Fourth Geneva Convention's ban …

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by Nick Fiske

A Belarus court on Friday sentenced a former newspaper editor to three years in prison for reprinting cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Alexander Sdvizhkov was the deputy editor of Zhoda, a small Belarus newspaper, when in February 2006 it republished the cartoons that had originally appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and sparked protests in …

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by Nick Fiske

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on Friday argued that he was a child soldier when he was captured in Afghanistan and that the US military commission responsible for trying him lacks jurisdiction over the case. In the motion, filed with US military judge Col. Peter Brownback, Khadr's lawyers asked for the case to be …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Libya's plan to begin the mass expulsion of illegal foreign residents violates international human rights law, Amnesty International said Friday, noting that "collective expulsions are inherently arbitrary and those seeking refuge from persecution risk being sent back to face torture and other serious human rights violations in such a sweeping measure." Earlier in the week, the government …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told the Associated Press Friday that he has "no doubt" that the controversial interrogation technique waterboarding should be considered torture. Ridge noted that he didn't have specific information about interrogation techniques used by intelligence agents while he served as head of the Department of Homeland Security, but stressed …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic sued Microsoft Friday in Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court claiming that Microsoft has been using a technology that converts Roman characters to Chinese characters without paying Zhongyi a license fee for the program. Microsoft has denied the allegations, saying Friday that it has fully performed its obligations and …

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