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Legal news from Wednesday, February 2, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the life sentence of Ahmed Abu Ali, a US citizen who joined al Qaeda while studying abroad in Saudi Arabia. Abu Ali was convicted in November 2005 on nine charges related to conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, including plotting to assassinate …

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by Hillary Stemple

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed documents ratifying the New START treaty, an agreement between Russia and the US intended to reduce nuclear arms in both countries. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a bill into law last week ratifying the treaty after …

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by Aman Kakar

The human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday accusing Indian security forces of committing human rights violations in response to terrorist attacks and urging reforms in the country's justice system. The report titled "The 'Anti-Nationals': Arbitrary Detention and Torture of Terrorism Suspects in India", accuses Indian security forces at all …

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by Sarah Posner

Kazakhstan's parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to the constitution which allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev to hold presidential elections in 2012 instead of extending his presidency until 2020. The bill was signed into law by Nazarbayev after unanimous approval by both houses of parliament. On Monday, Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official …

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by Daniel Makosky

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Tuesday requested that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana order the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) to fulfill its legal obligations to aid victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Hood is seeking …

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by Matt Glenn

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday accused military officials overseen by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of running a secret jail in Iraq that is not subject to inspection by international groups and torturing suspects in another detention center. The report claims that the Iraqi Army's 56th …

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by Julia Zebley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday praised the efforts of Egyptian protesters while repeating concerns over casualties, calling on the nation's leaders to give citizens the democratic reform they demand. There are currently unconfirmed reports of 300 casualties and 3,000 injured. Citing Article 21 of the of the Universal …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment Monday in favor of the government in CCR v. Obama, ruling that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) lacked standing to challenge the legality of information obtained by Bush-era warrantless surveillance programs. …

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by Zach Zagger

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to police attacks and an investigation into the deaths of protesters in Tunisia. The protest movement in Tunisia ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, sending him into exile, and the UN reported this week that at least 219 have died as a result of …

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