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Legal news from Tuesday, July 13, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The French National Assembly on Tuesday voted 336-1 to approve a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa or other full face veils in public. Under the legislation, women who wear the veil can be required by police to show their face, and, if they …

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by Daniel Richey

Chinese Internet regulators have plans to drastically reduce internet anonymity by requiring users to use their real names when posting on certain Chinese websites, according to documents released Tuesday by New York-based human rights group Human Rights in China (HRIC). The documents contain various versions of an April 29 speech to the Standing Committee of the …

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by Hillary Stemple

US lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the role that oil company British Petroleum (BP) may have played in obtaining an early release for convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. The lawmakers are asking that the Senate Judiciary Committee investigate whether BP played …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday delayed a vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at the request of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). The vote on whether to send the nomination for consideration by the full Senate is now scheduled for July 20 after …

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by Drew Singer

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a new six-month drilling moratorium on Tuesday, citing new evidence regarding safety concerns after the BP oil spill. Unlike the previously ordered moratorium, this one is not based on the depths at which drilling occurs. Instead, the moratorium affects drilling with specific technologies, although …

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by Daniel Richey

Italian police on Tuesday arrested more than 300 individuals and seized millions of euros worth of assets in a countrywide raid on the 'Ndrangheta crime organization. The predawn operation, dubbed "Il crimine," the largest such action in 15 years, involved more than 3000 police in numerous provinces, but most arrests were concentrated in …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Afghan cabinet on Monday approved a bill that would allow high-ranking government officials to stand trial on charges of corruption. Under the bill the Afghan judiciary would be empowered to establish special tribunals which would hear the cases of high-ranking government officials accused of corruption. Under current Afghan law, government ministers are immune from prosecution in …

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by Dwyer Arce

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to protect the rights of women during integration and reconciliation efforts conducted with the Taliban and other militants. In a report, Ten-Dollar Talib, the human rights organization criticized recent actions taken by the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; …

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by Ann Riley

The Canadian Department of Justice on Monday announced that it will appeal a court ruling ordering the government to provide Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr with a list of remedies to ameliorate its breach of his constitutional rights. Earlier this month, the Federal Court of Canada held that …

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by Ann Riley

The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs on Monday began negotiating a treaty to regulate the arms trade and prevent guns from entering conflict zones. The Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee (PrepCom), established following a 2008 report by the Group of Governmental Experts, has been examining the scope and draft parameters of a 2006 resolution …

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