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Legal news from Sunday, March 29, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

US Special Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern said Sunday that the country was committed to the creation of an international treaty designed to combat global warming, but that such efforts would only succeed if they were economically feasible. Stern made the comments during the opening of a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former US State Department (DOS) lawyer Vijay Padmanabhan criticized the administration of former president George W. Bush for approving the use of extreme interrogation techniques against terrorism suspects, in an interview with the Associated Press reported Friday. Padmanabhan, who now teaches at Cardozo School of Law in New York, served as the DOS's …

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by Lucas Tanglen

The Israeli Cabinet voted in a meeting Sunday to deny Hamas prisoners privileges not required by law, such as education, entertainment and some visitation. The move, recommended by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, is intended to pressure Hamas into releasing Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [BBC Q&A; JURIST news archive], …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Sunday for the US and Yemen to agree on a repatriation plan that provides "meaningful legal process" for the nearly 100 Yemeni detainees still at Guantanamo Bay. A new HRW report criticized any proposal involving indefinite suspension at a Yemeni facility and expressed …

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