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Legal news from Wednesday, March 17, 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday urged Cuban authorities to "revoke laws that restrict freedom of expression, assembly and association and to release all dissidents unfairly detained by the authorities." AI called on President Raul Castro to invite UN experts and human rights organizations into the country to independently monitor the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The State of Law Coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday asked the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to recount ballots cast in the March 7 parliamentary election, alleging fraud. State of Law spokesperson Ali Al Adib claimed that the ballots were manipulated by the …

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by David Manes

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Tuesday seeking information related to the US government's use of unmanned Predator drones. The suit, filed in the US district court for the District of Columbia, seeks to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made in January. The ACLU alleges that the …

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by Jay Carmella

The Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled Wednesday that the constitution does not prevent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from replacing retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno prior to the May presidential elections. The court found that the constitutional provisions that prevent the president from appointing officials immediately before …

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by Brian Jackson

The UK High Court ruled Wednesday that the Catholic social services agency Catholic Care may refuse to consider same-sex couples as candidates for adoption, pending a review of their policy by the UK Charity Commission. The case revolved around interpretation of Regulation 18 of The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations of 2007. That legislation …

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by Jay Carmella

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will continue to operate beyond its originally planned end date at the end of this year. Ban estimated that it will be necessary for the court to remain open until …

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by Brian Jackson

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday defended his intention to try suspected terrorists, including accused 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian criminal court. Holder faced numerous questions on the issue while testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee, repeatedly defending the decision to use federal …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday sent to Congress its National Broadband Plan, which seeks to enact regulations to update the communications infrastructure in the US and to make broadband service available to millions of Americans. The plan is mandated by provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). …

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by Steve Czajkowski

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he would not delay his plan to set up a UN panel to investigate allegations of human rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war. Ban made the statement during a press conference in response to a question about a letter from the …

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