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Legal news from Monday, August 11, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Sudan is merely going through the motions with its planned probe into Darfur human rights violations, said International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in an interview with the Sudan Tribune on Monday. Moreno-Ocampo commented that Sudan does not have the political will to bring human rights offenders to justice, noting that an earlier …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Philippines House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday to create a new national commission meant to guarantee the rights of Muslims citizens. The bill creates a National Commission on Muslim Filipinos to replace the existing Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA), created in 1987. The new commission will be responsible for …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Georgia is forcibly detaining Russian citizens within its borders in violation of international law, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a Monday communication with Minister of Internal Affairs Rashid Nurgaliev. In the communication, Medvedev instructed Nurgaliev to ensure that the rights of ethnic Georgians in Russia are protected:I have received information, and you have probably also heard …

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by Devin Montgomery

Pakistan's Punjab Provincial Assembly on Monday voted to ask President Pervez Musharraf to resign or face possible impeachment by the country's parliament. Of the body's 371 members, 321 voted for the motion, including the majority of Musharraf's own Pakistan Muslim League-Q party. In response to the vote and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Qwest Communications will pay an additional $40 million to settle a class action shareholder lawsuit, according to an agreement released Monday in the company's second quarter earnings report. Of that number, $5 million comes from insurance revenue by former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio and former CFO Robert Woodruff. In 2006, a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Detained Myanmarian democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has met with a lawyer to discuss the legality of her detention, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy party said Sunday. This was apparently the first time in five years that Suu Kyi has been allowed to consult with a legal representative. In May, …

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by Devin Montgomery

Bolivian national referendum results released Monday show that President Evo Morales won an estimated 63% of the votes on Sunday, enough to stay in office. Morales himself proposed the referendum  last December in response to accusations that his process for rewriting the Bolivian constitution has been illegitimate, and said Monday that he …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Thailand issued arrest warrants on Monday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra after the two failed to return to Thailand from the UK on Sunday. Thaksin and Pojamarn had been released on bail, but recently sent a letter …

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