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Legal news from Friday, August 13, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on Friday called for the repeal of all laws that discriminate against people affected by leprosy. The committee also drafted a recommended set of principles and guidelines to be used by countries in enacting legislation to protect leprosy patients and their family members from …

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by Dwyer Arce

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) on Wednesday announced that it had issued arrest warrants for former government officials in relation to the extrajudicial killing of several inmates following a 2007 prison riot. The CICIG issued 18 warrants, including those for former interior minister Carlos Vielmann, former police director Erwin …

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by Drew Singer

A Sri Lanka court martial on Friday found former army chief Sarath Fonseka guilty of engaging in politics while on active duty. Sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, Fonseka was accused of trying to secure a place in a political party before he quit his military position. Fonseka will be stripped of …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday confirmed that it had issued genocide charges against four former Bosnian Serb soldiers in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The indictment alleges that the four men, Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijan and Zoran Goronja, were all members of the 10th …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on Thursday that it will charge four former officers of the UK Metropolitan Police in the alleged assault of terrorism suspect Babar Ahmad. Police Constables Nigel Cowley, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen and Mark Jones are accused of beating Ahmad during a 2003 arrest on suspicion of …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of Nicaragua on Wednesday replaced seven justices who had been boycotting sessions. The judges, affiliated with the opposition Liberal Constitutionalist Party, had been boycotting the court for 10 months following the decision of President Daniel Ortega to extend the terms of two justices affiliated with his …

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by Dwyer Arce

Chinese authorities have delayed the trial of prominent Tibetan writer Tra Gyal, according to a Friday release by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). According to the group, Tra Gyal has been held in Xining No. 1 Detention Center without contact from his family or treatment for several medical conditions. ICT suggested the delay may …

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by Sarah Miley

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Thursday concluded its review of France's compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), holding that while France has a laudable action plan for eradicating racial discrimination, it must increase efforts to make the plan a reality. …

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by Dwyer Arce

The military trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr was suspended Friday, following the collapse of his lawyer during opening testimony. The lawyer, Lt.-Colonel Jon Jackson, was airlifted to mainland medical facilities following the collapse, which is attributed to complications from gall bladder surgery. Jackson is Khadr's only …

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by Dwyer Arce

A US military officer on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the military from discharging him under "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Idaho, seeks a temporary restraining order preventing the discharge of Lt.-Colonel Victor Fehrenbach, …

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by Sarah Miley

Alabama Attorney General Troy King on Thursday filed a lawsuit against BP for damages to the state's coast and economy, claiming that the oil giant has failed in its efforts to accept responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. King filed an additional lawsuit in the federal …

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by Daniel Richey

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday issued a report calling on the UK government to end the use of control orders issued against terrorism suspect. The UK Home Secretary uses control orders to impose a variety of legal restrictions on individuals suspected of terrorism-related activity, regardless of …

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