Legal news from Monday, January 17, 2011

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Monday for Haitian authorities to prosecute [press release] the country's former president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for human rights violations committed during his time in office. Duvalier returned to Haiti on Sunday stating that he had come to offer assistance … [read more]

[JURIST] Iran is on an "execution binge," killing one prisoner every eight hours, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran [advocacy website] said in a statement [text] released on Sunday. Forty-seven prisoners have reportedly been executed in Iran since the new year, many from the country's Kurdish minority. "The … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Friday told the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] that it must investigate the destruction of interrogation tapes [AP report] related to 9/11 [JURIST news archive] and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for … [read more]

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