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Legal news from Monday, October 12, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

The Chilean government will begin a non-binding consultation process on Tuesday to survey the indigenous inhabitants of Easter Island on tourism influx and immigration into the island. The consultation comes as the Chilean Supreme Court ruled last week that a measure requiring all visitors to Easter …

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by Jay Carmella

A Sudanese court again sentenced four men to death on Monday for the January 2008 murder of two US Agency for International Development (USAID) employees. The men were previously convicted and sentenced to death in June for the murders of John Granville and Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, but their sentences were vacated after Abbas's father forgave …

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by Jay Carmella

The Federal Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday convicted an American citizen of engaging in terrorist activities and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. Naji Hamdan, who confessed to the terrorist activities while being tortured, pleaded not guilty at the trial. Hamdan consistently denied the charges, claiming his confessions …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang province on Monday sentenced to death six men convicted of murder and other crimes such as arson and robbery for their roles in July's violent demonstrations that left about 200 people dead and many more injured. A seventh man was given life imprisonment because he …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Tens of thousands of gay rights activists participated in the National Equality March in Washington, DC on Sunday to demand equal rights, one day after US President Barack Obama pledged his support to the gay and lesbian community. At a Human Rights Campaign event on Saturday, Obama spoke directly to gay Americans, vowing to repeal …

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