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Legal news from Saturday, November 22, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The parliament of Burundi voted Saturday in favor of laws abolishing the death penalty and criminalizing homosexuality in the country. The elimination of the death penalty in Burundi was a requirement for establishing a UN-led truth and reconciliation committee and tribunal in the country. Gay rights groups …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The German government announced Friday that it has ended its investigation into the practices of the Church of Scientology. The German Interior Ministry began a probe into Scientology in 2007, calling it an "organization that is not compatible with the constitution," seeking to ban the organization. The German announcement came during a meeting …

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by Michael Sung

North Korea has strongly protested a proposed UN General Assembly resolution calling on North Korea to "respect fully all human rights and fundamental freedoms" and put an end to its violations of human rights. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by South Korea, Japan, and members of the European Union, was approved Friday by the …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The British government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown has decided to drop from its immediate legislative agenda a controversial security database bill that would have required telecoms to keep records of all domestic phone calls, e-mails and Internet activity, according to British press reports Friday. The Communications Database Bill will not be part of the Queen's Speech …

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by Michael Sung

The UN Committee Against Torture on Friday expressed deep concern over continued allegations that China authorities continued the routine and widespread practice of torture and ill-treatment of suspects to extract confessions. In its Observations at the conclusion of its 41st Session, the Committee identified three "over-arching problems," including the 1988 Law on the Preservation of …

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