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Legal news from Friday, May 15, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called on the US government to make "fundamental changes to reduce civilian casualties" in Afghanistan after attacks last week reportedly left more than 140 civilians dead. HRW said that a review announced by chief of the US Central Command General David Petraeus must result in "measures that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US officials said Friday that Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Lakhdar Boumediene has been released and sent to France. Boumediene was the named plaintiff in the US Supreme Court case Boumediene v. Bush, in which the Court held that Guantanamo detainees could challenge their imprisonment in federal court …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama announced Friday that he is reinstating the controversial military commission system to try some Guantanamo Bay detainees. Obama said that there will be changes to the system to increase defendants' rights, including barring statements obtained under harsh interrogation methods and making it more difficult to …

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by Benjamin Hackman

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the US [NYT op-ed] Wednesday to hold accountable those accused of committing torture under the Bush administration. Pillay welcomed the US as a new member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and lauded decisions by US President Barack Obama to ban torture and …

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by Benjamin Hackman

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that the insurance company for defense contractor CACI International’s has no duty to defend or indemnify CACI against claims of torture at Iraq prisons such as Abu Ghraib. CACI conceded that its insurance policy from St. Paul Fire & …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

German Social Democratic Party (SPD) lawmakers said Thursday that they will not support a recently proposed bill that would ban paintball in response to a March school shooting that left 16 dead, including the 17-year-old gunman. The move came just two days after they had agreed on the proposal along with the Christian …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Andrei Nesterenko said Thursday that Russia has proposed changes to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE). The 1990 treaty restricts the number of troops and heavy weapons that can be stationed between the Atlantic coast and Russia's Ural mountains. Russia suspended its responsibilities …

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