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Legal news from Saturday, June 11, 2011
by Ashley Hileman

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday signed legislation to compensate victims of the country's armed conflict. The Victims' and Land Restitution Law, approved by the Senate last month, seeks to compensate millions of individuals by providing damages to relatives of those killed during the armed conflict, …

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by Ashley Hileman

Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday rejected a proposal by an opposition party seeking a referendum to grant amnesty to those involved in a military coup in 2006. The referendum was proposed by the Pheu Thai Party, supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in the coup. However, the …

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by LaToya Sawyer

UN officials expressed concern on Friday that the heightened rape cases in many war-torn nations indicate that rape is being used as a war weapon to terrorize citizens and cause them to flee because of fear. Recent concerns follow International Criminal Court (ICC) claims that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered mass rapes …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Hussein Salem Mohammed Almerfedi. After his capture in 2001 and detention at Guantanamo Bay, Almerfedi filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus which was …

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