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Legal news from Monday, February 23, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In United States v. Navajo Nation, the Court heard arguments on whether the Court's earlier decision in the case foreclosed a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit …

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by Devin Montgomery

Myanmar's military government has granted amnesty to 23 political detainees and more than 6,300 other prisoners, Thailand-based human rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said Sunday. Among those freed were members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including Zaw Myint Maung, who had been imprisoned for more than 18 years.  Myanmar's government …

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by Tarah Park

UN assistant secretary general for legal affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen stated Monday that significant progress was made during discussions of corruption alleged to exist in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Taksoe-Jensen commented that he and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An had gone …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Belgium filed suit against Senegal in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday, asserting that the ICJ must intervene because the nations are in disagreement over the prosecution of former Chadian President Hissene Habre for alleged crimes against humanity. The complaint also contained "a request for the indication of …

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by Tarah Park

Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called for the UN to place an arms embargo on Israel and Hamas, responding to the UN's report that both parties used foreign-supplied weapons during the recent fighting in Gaza. The UN found that weapons from more than 20 countries were used during the Gaza conflict [JURIST …

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by Jay Carmella

Released Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed was returned to the UK on Monday after being held for nearly seven years. Mohamed had immigrated from Ethiopia to the UK prior to his arrest, and it is not yet known whether he will be permitted to remain in the country, whose …

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by Jay Carmella

European members of the Group of 20 (G20) financial policy body said Sunday that tighter regulation of the financial industry and liberal trade policies are necessary to help the global economy recover from its recent downturn. The leaders met in Brussels to discuss the "European position" on how to address the crisis, in anticipation of the …

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