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Legal news from Sunday, October 26, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The UN-backed Global Migration Group (GMG) released a report Friday asserting that nations have a duty to protect the human rights of migrants even while exercising their sovereign power because it increases their ability to contribute to the development of their destination countries. The report is intended to give countries guidance in designing …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Manfred Nowak said Friday that despite numerous international conventions banning torture and other abusive treatment, its use is still widespread around the world. Reporting to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General …

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by Devin Montgomery

Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the citizenship status and eligibility of Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to become US president. The lawsuit, filed by Pennsylvania attorney Philip Berg, had alleged that Obama did not meet the constitutional requirement …

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