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Legal news from Friday, July 8, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries on Friday proposed international legislation to create mechanisms for prosecuting contractors and mercenaries when they violate the law. The Chairman of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, said in a press conference that there is currently …

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by Julia Zebley

The Senegalese government announced on Friday that they will be deporting former Chad president Hissene Habre to Chad, where he is likely to be tried for war crimes [AP-Senegal report, in French]. The Senegalese government had refused to extradite Habre, despite ongoing international pressure to prosecute him for …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday revived a lawsuit brought by 15 Indonesian citizens against the US corporation ExxonMobil Corp. alleging that its wholly-owned subsidiary hired security forces that committed numerous human rights abuses. The US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the …

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by Zach Zagger

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Friday that it is filing a lawsuit challenging a controversial Alabama law that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, seeks injunctive relief to stop the law's enforcement and a …

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by Julia Zebley

The Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Thursday released their final report on the June 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zelaya from power, declaring the coup unconstitutional, but stating that Zelaya was culpable when he ignored orders of the Supreme Court. The Commission, while …

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by Zach Zagger

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC) filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the enforcement of North Carolina's budget that denies state and federal funds used to subsidize Planned Parenthood family planning services and teen sex education. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for Middle District of North Carolina to …

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by Zach Zagger

A Yemeni man pleaded guilty Thursday to acts of piracy for a hijacking of a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Mounir Ali pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to being involved in the hijacking of a US yacht called Quest, in which …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the planned execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia. When Leal Garcia was arrested for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, he was denied consular access, as required by Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. There was …

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by Zach Zagger

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday for a measure to restrict funding for US military operations in Libya but voted down a measure to entirely defund it. In another contradictory message from the House on approval for operations in Libya, it narrowly defeated a bipartisan measure 199-229 sponsored by Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) …

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