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Legal news from Wednesday, July 22, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague issued an order Wednesday redrawing boundaries of Sudan's oil-producing Abyei region. The borders of the region had been disputed by the country's southern Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) and its northern, ruling National Congress Party (NCP). The borders had originally been …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Saudi Arabian officials are allegedly using anti-terrorism measures as an excuse to secretly detain, imprison, torture, and even kill thousands of people, according to a Wednesday report by Amnesty International (AI). In its report, AI also called on the international community to apply pressure to Saudi Arabia, specifically urging the League of Arab States [official website, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Federal immigration agents conducting home raids have committed numerous constitutional violations, according a report released Wednesday by the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law. The report found that, since 2006, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents routinely entered private homes in the middle of the night without warrants and …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on world leaders to take new steps to combat genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights abuses, introducing a report detailing a new campaign against the offenses. Called the "Responsibility to Protect", the campaign focuses on holding states responsible for preventing …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Convicted murderer Marvallous Keene on Tuesday became the 1000th person to be executed by lethal injection in the US since the death penalty was reinstated in the 1976 case of Gregg v. Georgia. In 1993, Keene was found guilty of five counts of murder based on his participation in a series of six killings committed over three …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded Tuesday that the US Department of Defense (DOD) did not violate prohibitions on propaganda by having retired military officers (RMOs) offer public support to the Bush administration's war policies. The GAO found that the DOD was not in violation of Pub L No 110-417, § 1056(c), …

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by Devin Montgomery

Lithuanian Justice Minister Remigijus Simasius said Tuesday that the country does not plan to increase the amount of restitution it will pay to Jewish Holocaust survivors in the country, according to the Associated Press. The ministry has recommended that approximately $53 million be paid to the country's 5,000 remaining Jews as restitution for …

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by Brian Jackson

International corporations that purchase minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo are responsible for prolonging the conflict in the African country, according to a report issued Tuesday by human rights group Global Witness. The report was critical of several specific corporations, including Amalgamated Metal Corporation, Afrimex, and Traxys, for "turning …

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by Brian Jackson

The US House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday delayed action on legislation that would create a consumer financial protection agency, slowing progress on a key Obama administration project. The delay was granted at the behest of financial industry leaders, who on Monday sent a letter to the ranking members of the committee …

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