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Legal news from Tuesday, September 23, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) chair Leila de Lima said Tuesday that torture is prevalent in the country's prison system and that her organization has documented over 300 cases of abuse in the past three years. De Lima said that in an effort to end the mistreatment, her office has tried to …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Myanmar state media outlets announced Tuesday that the state's ruling junta released 9,002 prisoners for good behavior, including U Win Tin, a founder of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the state's longest-incarcerated political prisoner. Officials for the state newspaper New Light of Myanmar wrote: The government terminated the prison terms …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

A US district judge in enjoined the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch on Monday from enforcing an ordinance that prohibits illegal immigrants from occupying leased property. US District Judge Jane J. Boyle of the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction, replacing a temporary restraining order [Dallas Morning News …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A spokesman for South African President Thabo Mbeki said Tuesday that Mbeki has challenged in the county's Constitutional Court allegations that he interfered with a case against Mbeki's political rival and current African National Congress (ANC) leader Jacob Zuma, calling the accusations unjust. Earlier this month Judge Chris …

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by Caitlin Price

Complaints filed with a Senegal prosecutor last week by fourteen Chadian and Senegalese citizens alleging that former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre was responsible for war crimes and torture are merely "judicial persecution," lawyers for Habre said in a statement Tuesday. Habre counsel Francois Serres of France and El Hadj …

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by Caitlin Price

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo traveled to New York Monday to seek support from members of the United Nations and the African Union for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, as the UN General Assembly opened its 63rd annual session Tuesday. Moreno-Ocampo has faced criticism from …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Human Rights Watch(HRW) on Monday called on the Saudi Arabian government to end its 'systematic discrimination' against its Ismaili religious minority. HRW urged Saudi officials to create a national institution to recommend remedies for discriminatory policies and to consider individual claims. HRW's deputy Middle East director said: The Saudi …

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by Devin Montgomery

Stable, wealthier countries like Denmark, Sweden, and New Zealand have the least perceived corruption and poorer, less stable countries like Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia have the most, according to government accountability advocacy group Transparency International (TI) in a report published Tuesday. TI's 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), was a survey-based study …

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by Joe Shaulis

A legal adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued an opinion Tuesday that UK regulations permitting mandatory retirement policies do not violate an EU anti-discrimination law. ECJ Advocate General Jan Marzak concluded that although the UK's Employment Equality (Age) Regulations fall within the scope of the European Directive on …

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by Joe Shaulis

US Senate Democrats on Monday questioned the constitutionality of the Bush administration's proposal to stabilize financial markets and introduced their own plan allowing courts to review purchases of troubled assets by the Treasury Department. The administration's proposed legislation, submitted to Congress on Saturday, would authorize the Treasury …

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