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Legal news from Friday, January 30, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

US President Barack Obama Friday issued three executive orders favoring organized labor and departing from the pro-employer labor policies of the previous Bush administration. Notification of employee rights under federal labor law requires employers working under government contracts to clearly notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The order …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The government of Myanmar must stop systematically persecuting the Rohingya Muslim minority, and neighboring states should offer assistance to refugees, according to an open letter sent Friday by Amnesty International (AI). In a letter to the governments of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand, AI called for Myanmar to …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Spanish foreign minister Miguel Moratinos has said he will push for legislation limiting the country's universal jurisdiction policies to prevent the investigation of Israeli officials, according to Friday statements by Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni. The pledge follows a decision by Spanish judge Fernando Andreu to issue an …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Former US detainee and Canadian citizen Maher Arar said Thursday that he was shocked and saddened to learn that US government officials had testified at the US military commission trial of fellow Canadian citizen Omar Khadr that Arar had lived with terrorists in Afghanistan. FBI agent Robert …

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by Tarah Park

Pakistani Minister for Law and Justice Farooq Naek told reporters Friday that the superior court judges the government had returned to office after their November 2007 ouster under then-president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule had been 'reappointed', not reinstated, because Pakistan's constitution does not provide for such a procedure. Naek also rejected the …

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by Devin Montgomery

China's State Council on Friday ended the authority of the state-run Xinhua News Agency  to screen foreign financial and other news entering the country. In a decree signed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the government reassigned the power to the State Council Information Office. A reason for the …

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by Ximena Marinero

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro on Thursday called [op-ed text, in Spanish] on US President Barack Obama to turn over control of the Guantanamo Bay military base to Cuba once the detention facility there is closed. In an op-ed published in the online newspaper CubaDebate , Castro wrote that continuing to hold the base …

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by Christian Ehret

The Cameroon government has participated in and encouraged unlawful executions, torture, and other human rights violations of political dissenters, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. The report alleges that such violations have been taking place for more than 10 years and may increase with …

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