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18:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] Sunday condemned [statement text] what she called Israel’s “disproportionate use of force” against Hamas targets in Gaza and urged the Israeli government to “uphold international humanitarian law principles, especially those relating to proportionality in the use [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian Deputy Interior Minister Hamid Rashid [ministry website, in Arabic] Sunday announced the suspension and investigation of 280 police officers alleged to have abused their power and committed human rights violations. In a statement before the Egyptian Parliament, Rashid said as many as 1,164 police officers have already been [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website] on Sunday overruled a district court decision to release former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pending his trial on corruption charges, citing risks of flight, collusion and interference with other witnesses. The Taipei district court’s decision to release Chen [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski [official profile] expressed reservations Saturday over the prospect of accepting detainees released from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] as part of a US strategy to close the prison. In an interview [excerpts, in Polish] with the Dziennik daily, Sikorski ventured that "the establishment of [read more]

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