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Legal news from Friday, November 6, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Friday that it has assigned three judges to the situation involving the violence perpetrated in the wake of Kenya's 2007 presidential elections. The decision came in response to a Thursday letter from chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in which he said …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US should reform its detention policy at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in order to combat counterinsurgency, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights First (HRF). HRF called on the governments of the US and Afghanistan to reach an agreement that "set forth grounds and procedures for …

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by Patrice Collins

A lawyer for the man accused of the double murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova said Friday that his client has confessed to the crime. Nikita Tikhonov and female companion Yevgenia Khasis were arrested Thursday and brought before the Basmanny District Court. In an interview on the radio program …

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by Megan McKee

Washington voters have narrowly approved Referendum 71 (R-71), expanding the state's domestic partnership law, according to results Thursday. R-71 was a ballot measure that asked Washington residents to decide the fate of the state's 2009 domestic partnership law, which has been nicknamed the "everything but marriage law," as it affords domestic partners all rights …

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by Zach Zagger

The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution giving Israel and Palestine three months to conduct independent investigations into possible war crimes committed during last winter's Gaza conflict. The General Assembly voted 114-18 with 44 abstentions expressing support for the Goldstone Report, the result of a UN Human Rights …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The US Senate voted 54-45 Thursday to defeat an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have prevented Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of involvement in 9/11 from being tried in federal courts. The amendment was proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in …

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by Ann Riley

The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on Thursday unanimously reached an agreement on rules to increase competition between telecommunications providers and protect the consumer rights of Internet and mobile phone users. The agreement on the European Union (EU) Telecoms Reform package was reached after intense negotiations by the conciliation committee, which was arranged …

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by Sarah Miley

An official from the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission on Friday called for a delay of the January 16 parliamentary elections, after the Iraqi Parliament remained at an impasse over updating a controversial provincial election law. Electoral commission chief Faraj al-Haidari told state media that it would be impossible to organize elections by …

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by Ximena Marinero

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday set the trial date for former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for April 27. The trial date was set to give the defense six months of preparation from the date the Office of the Prosecutor fulfills its …

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