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Legal news from Saturday, May 28, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision confirming that Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Musa'ab Omar al-Madhwani is lawfully detained for being part of al Qaeda. Madhwani challenged the denial of 2004 petition for writ of habeas corpus by the US District Court for the …

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by John Paul Putney

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday struck down a campaign finance law which bans corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, citing the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Judge James Cacheris dismissed a criminal count against two men charged with illegally …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for the Yemeni government on Friday to crack down on deadly violence, expressing fear that the violence will push the country into a civil war. The OHCHR's concerns follow escalated violence that has claimed more than 100 lives since President Ali Abdullah Saleh …

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by John Paul Putney

UN human rights expert Martin Scheinin called on the Transitional Government of Tunisia Thursday to reform the counter-terrorism law to comply with international human rights law. Scheinin, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, called for accountability for "human rights violations committed in the name of counter-terrorism" and encouraged Tunisia to …

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