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Legal news from Wednesday, March 10, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

Nigerian police officials said Wednesday that 49 people, predominately Muslims, will be charged with murder following the recent killing of Christian villagers near the city of Jos. Reports have varied as to the number of people killed in the weekend attack, but police now put the number at 109. The attacks were apparently in retaliation …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Afghan government should retract a law granting amnesty for war crimes and human rights abuses committed prior to December 2001, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. The National Stability and Reconciliation Law was originally passed by the Afghan Parliament in 2007, but did not take effect until it was recently published in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the effects of the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which eased restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations. The hearing, entitled "We the People? Corporate Spending in American Elections after Citizens United," did not focus …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Italian Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, to postpone criminal proceedings against them on the grounds that they would interfere with official duties. The legislation, passed by a vote of 169-126 [Corriere della …

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by Jay Carmella

Myanmar's military junta announced the implementation of another election law on Wednesday that establishes procedures for the country's first election in 20 years. The Political Parties Registration Law prevents political prisoners from participating in the election and also makes it illegal for members of religious orders, insurgent groups, and foreigners to join political parties. The most notable …

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by Jay Carmella

An Iranian court on Tuesday began the trial of 12 Iranian prison officials accused of torturing three prisoners to death, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). The three victims, identified as Mohsen Rouholamini, Mohammad Kamrani, and Amir Javadifar, were arrested for their involvement in the protests following the June 12 presidential election …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, missing for more than a year. The group is seeking a declaration that Gao's detention is a violation …

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