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Legal news from Wednesday, May 25, 2011
by Julia Zebley

Rwandan genocide suspect and former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) announced on Wednesday. Munyagishari was wanted on charges of genocide and several crimes against humanity for leading a militia in the mass killings and rapes of Tutsi …

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by Julia Zebley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday a rebuked Australia for its political, rather than human rights based approach to indigenous people and asylum-seekers. Although she criticized some of the nation's practices, she had considerable praise for "a strong history of commitment to human rights at the international level, and also of course …

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by Zach Zagger

The Brazil House of Deputies passed reforms to the the country's forest code Tuesday that ease restrictions on deforestation and provide amnesty for prior deforestation violations. The amended code would allow small farmers to cut down trees on hilltops and along rivers, two areas that were previously protected. It would also …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Monday upheld an Ohio law [2919.123 text] that limits the use of the "abortion pill," overturning a 2006 injunction. The law requires that the use of the pill, RU-486, conform with federal guidelines, which currently do not allow the …

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by Zach Zagger

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) announced Tuesday the state is filing a federal lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment over the legality of the state's controversial medical marijuana law passed last November. Brewer said that it is necessary to see if the new law violates federal law in order to protect state …

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by Julia Zebley

Former Mozambique transportation minister Antonio Munguambe's sentence for embezzlement was reduced on Tuesday from 20 years in prison to four years and five months. The Supreme Court of Mozambique upheld the verdict against Munguambe for his involvement in the embezzlement of millions of dollars from a publicly owned company, the …

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by Zach Zagger

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday initiated contempt proceedings against former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj, who is being tried for war crimes, for failing to remove confidential information from his website in violation of tribunal order. The Trial Chamber filed an order in lieu of an …

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by Julia Zebley

Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) decried on Monday Iran's persecutions of lawyers, suggesting it is a move to repress dissent. They called for the immediate release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, Mohammad Seyfzadeh, Maedeh Ghaderi and Ghasem Sholeh Saadi, whom they claim are being held arbitrarily in violation of international …

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by Zach Zagger

The Ukraine Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) again charged former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko Tuesday in connection with alleged corruption during her time in office. She was charged under Article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine with abuse of office in connection …

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