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Legal news from Sunday, May 4, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

Thousands of activists protested in Japan on Sunday in opposition to efforts to amend the country's pacifist constitution. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, drafted during the American occupation of Japan after World War II, states:Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force Saturday, one month after Ecuador became the 20th country to ratify the treaty. The landmark UN disability rights treaty protects the 650 million persons living with disabilities worldwide and holds that all disabled people …

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