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Legal news from Wednesday, June 9, 2010
by Sarah Miley

Advocacy group Privacy International (PI) on Thursday accused Google of criminal intent for the collection of private data through unsecured Wi-Fi networks while collecting images for the website's Street Map view. PI released its statement in response an independent audit published by Google on the company's official blog …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Chinese appeals court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of earthquake activist Tan Zuoren who was sentenced in February to five years in prison on subversion charges. Tan was charged with and convicted of inciting subversion to state power, allegations stemming from e-mails critical of the government's 1989 policy toward the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy demonstrators. …

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by Drew Singer

More than 30 defense lawyers from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) released a joint statement Tuesday calling for the release of detained US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder, who is being held in Rwanda on charges of genocide denial. The statement calls on international authorities to …

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by Dwyer Arce

US Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) on Wednesday introduced legislation intended to reduce foreign oil dependence and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Practical Energy and Climate Plan of 2010 would reduce foreign oil imports by 40 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030, according to a press release detailing …

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by Hillary Stemple

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday renewed calls for Kenya to establish a special tribunal to investigate crimes committed following the 2007 presidential elections. Pillay called the investigation into the deadly violence by the International Criminal Court (ICC) a "major development." She warned, however, that …

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by Sarah Miley

The UN Security Council voted Wednesday to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran for failure to disband the nation's uranium enrichment program. Twelve member countries voted in favor of resolution 1929, with Brazil and Turkey voting against and Lebanon abstaining. The council has asked Iran to cease its enrichment procedures and …

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by Hillary Stemple

The trial of accused "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel began Tuesday in a French court. Kerviel has been charged with breach of trust, forgery, and breaching IT access codes relating to $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades he made while working for French bank Societe Generale. Societe Generale lost nearly USD …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Bolivian National Congress on Tuesday approved legislation that would create an independent justice system for indigenous communities. The Law of Judicial Authority, passed by the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress, would create a system of "communal justice" that would expedite the settlement of …

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by Sarah Miley

The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Monday that the government has changed its position concerning a previous decision not to invite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to an African Union (AU) summit to be held in Kampala in July. On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni said that Bashir, who …

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by Hillary Stemple

A UK plan that would return children who arrive in the country without a guardian to Afghanistan is being heavily criticized by human rights organizations and refugee advocacy groups. The UK plan calls for the building of a "reintegration center" in Kabul where approximately 12 males ages 16 to 17 would be sent per month. The …

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by Sarah Miley

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reiterated the importance of an international component in the investigation into the May 31 Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip. Ban's original proposal to establish an investigatory panel comprised of representatives from Israel, Turkey, and other unnamed countries, was rejected …

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by Dwyer Arce

World peace has declined over the past year due to a global increase in homicides and violent crime, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI) published Tuesday. The GPI measures countries' relative peacefulness on a rubric of factors that encompass things such as respect for human rights, perceived criminality in society, potential for terrorist acts, and military …

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by Erin Bock

The state prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina indicted three Serbian men for crimes against humanity for their roles in an attack on the town of Cajnice during the Bosnian civil war. Milutin Kornjaca, Milorad Zivikovic and Dusko Tadic are charged with killing 11 Muslims in May 1992 as members of the Serbian …

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by Erin Bock

The Bangkok Central Criminal Court granted bail to two anti-government protest leaders on Tuesday, as the Thai government extended the country's state of emergency. Jatuporn Prompan and Karun Hongsakul face charges of terrorism, instigating violence, and unlawful assembly in connection with their leadership positions in the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) [party website, in …

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