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Legal news from Thursday, September 2, 2010
by Megan McKee

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Wednesday on Bahraini authorities to make a prompt investigation into torture allegations made by four Shia activists who have been detained for more than two weeks. On August 27, after 15 days of solitary confinement, Abd al-Jalil al-Singace, one of the detained men, was brought for formal questioning and arraignment …

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by Hillary Stemple

Current and former international prosecutors on Tuesday signed the fourth Chautauqua Declaration praising recent advances in international law and urging countries to continue supporting the international courts in order to maintain the spirit of the Nuremburg Principles. The prosecutors, who have worked with the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN announced Thursday that it will delay the release of a report that accuses Rwandan forces of committing acts of genocide in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the years following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. According to a statement by the UN Office …

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by Jay Carmella

A criminal court in Thailand on Thursday convicted two members of the pro-government People's Alliance for Democracy Network, known as "yellow shirts," of defaming former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Yellow shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul and his former television co-host Sarocha Pornudomsak were convicted of defaming …

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by Erin Bock

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday denied the government's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services and several other drilling companies challenging the government's latest moratorium on offshore drilling. The moratorium directive was issued on July 12 by Secretary …

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