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15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Paris city council voted Monday to accept a deal in which former French president Jacques Chirac [official profile; JURIST news archive] will pay the city USD $741,000 in compensation for money he allegedly paid to supporters for whom he created false jobs. In exchange for the compensation, the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Israeli Ambassador to the UN on Monday called for an end to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] investigation into Israeli actions during the 2008-2009 Gaza campaign [JURIST news archive], Operation Cast Lead, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians. The ambassador, Aharon Leshno Yaar, [read more]

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[JURIST] Kosovar President Fatmir Sejdiu [official website] resigned [press release] Monday following last week's Constitutional Court [official website] ruling [press release] that his dual roles as president and head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) violated the country's constitution. Sejdiu said he did not believe his title as president [read more]

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[JURIST] Australian Director of Military Prosecutions Brigadier Lyn McDade announced Monday that she will charge three Australian special forces soldiers [press release] in the deaths of six Afghan civilians during a 2009 operation. The deaths occurred as Australian forces attempted to clear a compound in Uruzgan province, where it was [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China [official website, in Chinese] released a position paper [press release, in Chinese] Sunday on the country's human rights record, claiming that it has heightened Internet freedoms and improved civil and political rights. The Progress in China's Human Rights [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] as his trial resumed Monday to defend himself against charges of war crimes. According to news reports, Karadzic did not appear to obstruct the process [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston [JURIST news archive] on Sunday called for an investigation [Guardian report] into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. In his first interview since stepping down from his UN position, Alston urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) [official website] expressed concern [press release] Monday that the country's new regulations [materials, PDF] regarding information obtained through torture of foreign detainees may still leave intelligence agents vulnerable to legal action for human rights crimes committed by others. The guidelines provide [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] declared a mistrial Monday in a murder case against two Blackwater [JURIST news archive] defense contractors after the jury failed to reach a verdict. The jury notified Judge Robert Doumar Monday morning that they [read more]

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