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Legal news from Monday, March 15, 2010
by Steve Dotterer

UN Special Rapporteur for North Korea Vitit Muntarbhorn said Monday that the North Korean human rights situation is continuing to deteriorate. Presenting his report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Muntarbhorn noted that any attempt to halt human rights violations in North Korea would require Security Council (SC) action. The …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, on Sunday proposed holding a referendum later this year to remove the criminal offense of blasphemy from the Irish Constitution. Blasphemy is a punishable offense under section 40 of the constitution, but the language of the text had been deemed …

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by David Manes

The former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Monday criticized the government's treatment of detained opposition leader General Sarath Fonseka. Sarath Nanda Silva, who retired from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court last year, accused the government of using the military justice system to prevent Fonseka from participating in …

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by Ann Riley

The US military on Monday transferred Camp Taji, one of the two remaining detention facilities under US control, to Iraqi authorities. Located approximately 25 kilometers north of Baghdad, Taji currently houses about 2,900 detainees held on arrest warrants, detention orders, or as convicted prisoners. About 100 detainees will remain in US custody. During the ceremony …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) on Sunday approved an amendment to the electoral law mandating equal representation for rural and urban citizens. The electoral reform was adopted at the close of the Third Session of the Eleventh National People's Congress and was hailed [People's Daily report] by the …

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by Hillary Stemple

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ruled Sunday that female judges can serve on the State Council (Maglis id-Dowla), an administrative court system with jurisdiction over cases involving the state. In its ruling, the court emphasized the equality of all citizens. Last month, the general assembly of the State Council voted to bar the appointment …

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