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Legal news from Monday, August 1, 2011
by Zach Zagger

Members of the Belarus Parliament have introduced a bill that would ban so-called "silent protests," including those involving large groups of people basically doing nothing. The law seems aimed at stopping numerous silent protests across Belarus with protestors meeting in large groups chanting, clapping hands or standing around silently. Opposition members are against the new bill but …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Austrian court on Friday rejected Serbia's extradition request for former Bosnian general and suspected war criminal Jovan Divjak. The court ruled that Divjak likely would not receive a fair trial if he were extradited, expressing concerns that Serb authorities would not have access to evidence or witness testimony of Bosnian authorities due to a lack of …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday ruled that suspected Bosnian war criminal Aleksander Cvetkovic could be extradited to Bosnia to stand trial for crimes committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War. Bosnian authorities claim that Cvetkovic participated in the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre that saw more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed over a 10-day …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas Monday blocked a Kansas law that would prevent Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) from receiving federal funding. Judge J Thomas Marten issued a temporary injunction preventing the health centers from losing funding. PPKM filed the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will be televised live, the trial judge announced Monday. The trial will also be held at the national police academy in a room large enough to accommodate 600 people. The judge did not indicate, however, whether Mubarak would be present for the trial. …

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by Zach Zagger

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, according to UN documents from May released Monday by Freedom Now. Liu is currently serving an 11-year prison term after being convicted on charges …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Venezuelan Minister for Prisons Iris Varela announced Sunday that she plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in an effort to reduce prison overcrowding. Varela, who was appointed to the position by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last week, said roughly 20,000 inmates who …

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