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15:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] said Sunday that unchecked human rights violations in Nepal remain a barrier to achieving sustainable peace in the country. Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist rebel leader Prachanda signed a peace agreement [JURIST report] in November [read more]

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[JURIST] Iraq's three-member Presidency Council said Sunday that a bill allowing most former members of Saddam Huessein's Baath party to be reinstated to public life has become law. The controversial Accountability and Justice Law [ICTJ backgrounder, PDF], passed by the Iraqi parliment earlier this month, has been publicly endorsed [JURIST [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [GenocideWatch profile] will request release on bail when he appears in front of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday for a pre-trial hearing relating to war crimes and crimes against humanity charges [statement, PDF], [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile] was detained Saturday at the Lahore airport after attempting to board a plane for the Sindh province [official website], where he planned to visit the grave of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], who [read more]

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