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Legal news from Sunday, February 3, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang 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 in November 2006 formally ending the decade-long Maoist guerilla insurgency against the …

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by Devin Montgomery

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, passed by the Iraqi parliment earlier this month, has been publicly endorsed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Presidency Council members …

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by Eric Firkel

Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea will request release on bail when he appears in front of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) Monday for a pre-trial hearing relating to war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, Nuon Chea's lawyers said Sunday. Nuon Chea, known as Brother …

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by Eric Firkel

Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan was detained Saturday at the Lahore airport after attempting to board a plane for the Sindh province, where he planned to visit the grave of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated at a campaign rally in December. …

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