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Legal news from Friday, April 29, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in an emergency special session on Friday, publicly condemned the violence used by Syrian authorities against peaceful protesters. Additionally, the council has immediately called for a full investigation of "all alleged violations of international human rights law" in Syria. The council's probe into Syrian violence is a direct endorsement …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned last year's ruling that placed a preliminary injunction on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. In a 2-1 vote by a three-judge panel, the court concluded that those opposing the funding had not shown …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Cambodian government requested Friday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) clarify its 1962 decision awarding the Temple of Preah Vihear to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia has requested the clarification in order to "peacefully and definitely settle the boundary problem between in the area …

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by Michael Haggerson

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced on Thursday his plans to brief the UN Security Council on May 4 on the progress of his investigation into alleged human rights violations by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The prosecutor is expected to request that judges …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has removed US lawyer and JURIST Forum contributor Peter Erlinder from his position as an ICTR defense lawyer. Appeals chamber judges said that last week's decision was based on Erlinder's failure to appear at the tribunal in …

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