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17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] defended China's human rights record Monday while presenting a report [text, PDF] in compliance with the UNHRC's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official website] process. Ambassador Li Baodong said that China has been taking steps to improve its [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Monday ordered a review of all government claims invoking the state secrets privilege [JURIST news archive]. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] said that each state secrets claim will be reviewed to make sure the privilege was [read more]

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[JURIST] Eluana Englaro [materials, in Italian], an Italian woman at the center of a right-to-die controversy in the country, died Monday, shortly after the Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] began debate on legislation [draft text, in Italian] that would make it a crime to remove a feeding tube from [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Rwandan defense investigator Léonidas Nshogoza went on trial [ICTR press release] Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Nshogoza was arrested in June 2007 for allegedly bribing witnesses, fabricating evidence, and "interfering with the administration of justice" in the 2004 ICTR genocide trial of [read more]

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[JURIST] Former British attorney general Peter Goldsmith [BBC profile] on Monday urged [Independent op-ed] the UK and other European states to create an "international coalition" to assist the US in closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility as soon as possible. Goldsmith said he understands that some countries do not want to accept [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday unanimously banned the Basque separatist political groups Democracy 3 Million (D3M) and Askatasuna [orders, PDF, in Spanish] from participation in the coming March elections. The court found that Askatasuna was a "fraudulent instrument used to give continuity to the activities [read more]

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[JURIST] A senior Iraqi official confirmed Monday that four Iraqi prisoners were released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison into Iraqi custody for further interrogation. The anonymous official also confirmed [AP report] that only one Iraqi citizen remains a prisoner at Guantanamo. The US Department of Defense [read more]

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