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Legal news from Thursday, July 22, 2010
by Drew Singer

Laws criminalizing homosexual activity are contributing to the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the findings of a study announced Wednesday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The study, "Legal environments, human rights and HIV responses among men who have sex with men and transgender people …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday granted the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni citizen Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif and ordered his immediate release from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Latif, who has been in custody for over eight years, contends that he was in …

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by Hillary Stemple

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Thursday that Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia did not violate international law. Serbia argued that UN Resolution 1244, which ended the war in Kosovo, solidified the country's boundaries, which included the southern region of Kosovo. Kosovo argued that the resolution was not …

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by Dwyer Arce

Kenya's High Court ruled Wednesday that Kenyan authorities had violated the fundamental rights of 21 former political prisoners subjected to torture, awarding them Ksh 40 million (USD $500,000) in compensation. The former prisoners were held during the 1980s by the government of former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi, who ruled from 1978-2002, and subjected to …

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by Dwyer Arce

Human Rights Watch (HRW) charged Wednesday that Chinese authorities used excessive force in responding to the 2008 Tibetan demonstrations and tortured those in custody following the demonstrations in violation of international law. In a report, "I Saw It With My Own Eyes", HRW said that the Chinese government violated …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Spanish Interior Ministry announced Thursday that the country has accepted its third Guantanamo Bay detainee. The man, an Afghan national, arrived in Spain on Wednesday and will be given residency and work permits. The ministry also noted that the former-detainee has no pending charges of terrorism against …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be brought against Bush administration officials for the firing of nine US Attorneys in 2006. In a letter sent from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI), Weich detailed …

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by Hillary Stemple

A report released Thursday by Transparency International (TI) named Burundi as the most corrupt East-African nation, with a corruption index of 36.7 percent. Also cited by TI for having high rates of corruption were Uganda, with a rate of 33 percent, Kenya at 31.9 percent and Tanzania at 28.6 percent. The survey was expanded this year …

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by Dwyer Arce

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday signed a same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony comes one week after the bill was approved by the legislature, making Argentina the first Latin American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. The legislation, which includes adoption rights for same-sex couples, was approved after …

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by Hillary Stemple

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday refused to reinstate a six-month drilling moratorium issued in May by the Obama administration in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Judge Martin Feldman issued a preliminary injunction against the moratorium …

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by Erin Bock

The Botswana High Court ruled Wednesday that the indigenous Bushmen, or San, people will not be able to reopen a water well or dig new wells in their village in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Bushmen applied for permission to use a borehole, originally dug by diamond company De …

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