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Legal news from Thursday, May 28, 2009
by Christian Ehret

German legislators in the lower house of the Bundestag Thursday approved a bill that criminalizes training in terrorist camps, among other provisions. Under existing law, prosecution of an individual for involvement in a suspected terrorist organization requires membership in the organization or support of it. The proposed legislation seeks to broaden …

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by Andrew Morgan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday denied Belgium's request to compel Senegal to extradite former Chadian president Hissene Habre. Belgium had accused Senegal of violating international law, including Article 7 of the Convention Against Torture, by not trying Habre in Senegal, where he has lived under house arrest since 1990. …

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by Christian Ehret

The Tokyo High Court granted an appeal Thursday to consider 30 people for official recognition as atomic bomb victims, ruling that 9 of the plaintiffs who were previously denied should receive the status. Officials said that the government will consider revising the way it determines which atomic bomb survivors are to receive free …

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by Andrew Morgan

Amnesty International (AI) Secretary-General Irene Khan said Thursday that the global economic crisis is exacerbating the world's human rights failures, urging governments to "invest in human rights as purposefully as they are investing in economic growth." Khan spoke at the release of the 2009 Annual Report, which says that wealthy nations have …

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by Christian Ehret

A US federal judge Wednesday sentenced the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and five of its officials pursuant to their convictions of providing material support to Palestinian group Hamas. District Judge Jorge Solis sentenced Shurki Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain, Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulrahman Odeh to prison terms ranging from …

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by Andrew Morgan

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Wednesday "welcoming the conclusion of hostilities" in Sri Lanka, but failing to call for an investigation into war crimes committed during the conflict. Adopted during the 11th special session on human rights, the resolution condemned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacks …

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by Christian Ehret

The photographs of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison that US President Barack Obama does not want to release include depictions of rape and sexual assault, according to former US Major General Antonio Taguba on Wednesday. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Taguba maintained support for Obama's decision not to …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Knesset, Israel's parliament, on Wednesday approved 47-34 the preliminary reading of a bill that would punish public statements likely to "cause an act of hatred, scorn or disloyalty to the state" with one year in prison. Introduced by MK Zevulun Orlev of the Habayit Hayehudi party, the bill is aimed …

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by Brian Jackson

A disciplinary panel of judges ruled Wednesday that former US District Court judge Samuel Kent engaged in conduct that constitutes grounds for impeachment, and urged prompt action on the matter. Kent, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for lying about allegations of sexual harassment of two female assistants, had sought to …

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by Brian Jackson

The Myanmar court hearing the trial of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected the defense's request to call four witnesses. While the prosecution has been allowed to call 14 witnesses, Suu Kyi's lawyers will only be permitted one defense witness, who is scheduled to testify Thursday. Suu Kyi's lawyers believe …

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