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Legal news from Monday, January 17, 2011
by Erin Bock

Amnesty International (AI) called Monday for Haitian authorities to prosecute the country's former president Jean-Claude Duvalier for human rights violations committed during his time in office. Duvalier returned to Haiti on Sunday stating that he had come to offer assistance to help the country recover from last year's …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Iran is on an "execution binge," killing one prisoner every eight hours, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement released on Sunday. Forty-seven prisoners have reportedly been executed in Iran since the new year, many from the country's Kurdish minority. "The execution of Kurdish activists, without fair trials and following torture, …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A federal judge on Friday told the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that it must investigate the destruction of interrogation tapes related to 9/11 and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York made the …

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