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Legal news from Friday, April 8, 2011
by John Paul Putney

Human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Doctors Without Borders (DWB) criticized Bahrain on Friday for rampant human rights abuses related to anti-government protests. HRW deputy Middle East director Joe Stork criticized the island kingdom for using the emergency law to trample on human rights and create a state …

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by Drew Singer

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Thursday filed a filed a Petition for Supervisory Writ directly to the state Supreme Court over a circuit court judge's temporary blocking of a controversial bill that limits the rights of public employee unions. The suit claims that Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Friday that would allow lawful possession of guns on the public-right-of ways of university campuses. The 33-24 House vote follows Senate approval of the bill after it was amended to prohibit allowing guns inside campus buildings. Supporters of the bill assert that the constitutional right to bears …

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by Michael Haggerson

Three Kenyan officials made an initial appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday and were notified of the charges pending against them, stemming from violence surrounding the December 2007 Kenyan elections. The charges against the men under the Rome Statute of the ICC include rape, murder, forcible …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to demand the prosecution of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, his family, and members of his regime. The protests reveal Egyptians' growing frustration with the pace at which the current military council is pursuing the punishment of the regime's political corruption. Predominantly organized …

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by Brian Jackson

The UN announced Friday that investigators would enter Libya next week to begin looking into alleged human rights abuses by both rebels and the armed forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi. The inquiry into the conditions in Libya had been approved by a unanimous vote of members of the UN Human Rights Council …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Alabama House of Representatives voted 69-19 Thursday to approve a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, except in cases where the mother's life is at risk or she faces serious injury. The bill is based on evidence suggesting that a fetus can feel pain …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Bosnian war crimes victims on Thursday submitted evidence to the Prosecutors Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) accusing three former members of the Serbian Supreme Council of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. Former Yugoslav presidents Zoran Lilic and Dobrica Cosic and the former president of Montenegro Momir Bulatovic have been …

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