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Legal news from Tuesday, March 15, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Turkish officials to respect journalists' freedom of expression. The international concern increased after the Turkish government arrested nine journalists earlier this month based on accusations that the journalists were members of the political dissent group Ergenekon …

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by John Paul Putney

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for an independent investigation into post-election violence in the Ivory Coast on Monday as part of a report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The report indicated that the human rights situation was deteriorating rapidly in the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that the Uzbekistan government has ordered the closure of the advocacy group's Uzbek office. HRW learned from the Uzbekistan Supreme Court on March 10 that, after maintaining a presence in the country for 15 years, it would have to vacate its offices in Tashkent. In …

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by Sarah Posner

Iraq's Justice Ministry announced Monday that it will close a Green Zone detention center because of alleged human rights violations. Justice spokesperson Haidar al-Saad said this decision was made after last month's investigation into the prison's living conditions. The prison population in the detention facility known as "Camp Honor" will be transferred to various other Iraqi prisons. …

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by Ashley Hileman

Proponents of Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, on Monday urged the Supreme Court of California to allow them to defend the measure when state officials refuse to do so. Last month, the court announced that it would decide the critical procedural issue to determine if the pending federal …

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by Zach Zagger

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a three-month state of emergency Tuesday in response to growing unrest in the island nation. The announcement of the martial law style system was made in state-run media and gives the military commander "authority to take measures and procedures necessary for maintaining the integrity of …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief with the Supreme Court Monday urging the court not to take a case challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law until a federal appeals court reviews the case. The DOJ argues that the case is …

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by Aman Kakar

Seven Guatemalans filed a class action lawsuit on Monday with the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS). The suit was brought on behalf of all individuals who were subjected to experimentation in Guatemala or …

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by Aman Kakar

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced five Somali pirates to life sentences on Monday for attacking the USS Nicholas. Maritime piracy carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The men received an additional 80 years each for firearms and other piracy-related charges. US Attorney for …

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