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Legal news from Tuesday, April 12, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) announced on Tuesday the appointment of three "high-level experts" to lead the Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating allegations of human rights abuses in the Ivory Coast following elections. The appointments include Vitit Muntabhorn, a professor of law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, who will serve as the Chair …

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by Sarah Posner

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was hospitalized Tuesday before he was scheduled to appear before Egypt's public prosecutor for questioning about his alleged roles in protester deaths and embezzlement of government money. The chief prosecutor on Sunday summoned Mubarak for questioning, along with his two sons, Gamal and Alaa. Egyptian authorities continued to …

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by Ashley Hileman

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday pointed to the executions of opposition fighters as the most recent evidence that forces supporting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continue to commit war crimes. Researchers from AI were shown the bodies of two individuals whose hands and feet had been bound, suggesting their deaths were the result …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq", asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured political activists, targeting journalists covering the protests. According to the …

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by Zach Zagger

An Egyptian military court convicted blogger Maikel Nabil and sentenced him to three years in prison Monday for criticizing the army and raising questions over reform in the wake of revolution, according to reports from Human Rights Watch (HRW). The 25-year-old blogger and activist was arrested at his home on March 28 and charged with …

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by Aman Kakar

Ivory Coast opposition leader Alassane Ouattara announced in a televised speech Monday that he will ask his justice minister to begin legal proceedings against former president Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara guaranteed the security of Gbagbo and his family but stated that Gbagbo, his wife Simone and their collaborators would be investigated by judicial authorities. Ouattara also …

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by Aman Kakar

The Philippine anti-graft court, the Sandiganbayan, said Monday that it ordered Imelda Marcos, wife of deceased Philippine ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos, to return USD $280,000 in state funds stolen by her husband. The money was stolen from the National Food Authority, a government agency responsible for importing rice, and transferred to a private bank in …

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by Matt Glenn

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that Syrian security forces have stopped medical personnel, sometimes violently, from attending to injured protesters. A spokesperson for the group called the practice "both inhumane and illegal." According to the report, at least 28 protesters died Friday in protests spread across three cities. Witnesses said security forces opened fire when …

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