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Legal news from Saturday, November 21, 2009
by Jay Carmella

Groups representing key witnesses appearing before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) told Reuters Saturday that they may no longer participate in court trials following the acquittal of two suspects involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The umbrella organization for the various survivor groups in Rwanda, IBUKA, …

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by Jay Carmella

The UN Human Rights Committee Friday passed a resolution criticizing Iran for human rights violations, especially in the aftermath of the controversial reelection earlier this year of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The committee flagged detentions, arrests and the disappearance of individuals for exercising their freedoms of assembly and expression as areas of …

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by Christian Ehret

Canada's Federal Court Friday ordered a review of a denial of refugee status for a lesbian US soldier who deserted the US Army in 2007 and fled to Canada. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) originally rejected Bethany Smith's application in February, finding that she had failed to seek protection within the US and that …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed. Judge Gladys Kessler directed the government to "take all necessary and approrpriate steps to facilitate [Fari Saeed's] release forthwith." The order resulted from a civil action brought against the US government for unlawfully detaining …

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