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Legal news from Tuesday, August 30, 2011
by Sarah Posner

The president of Vietnam on Monday ordered the release of more than 10,000 prisoners, granting amnesty to commemorate the country's National Day. Although none of the high profile government dissidents was released, the president freed five individuals convicted of national security crimes. Eleven of the prisoners released are foreigners from countries including the US, Canada and Australia. …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday rejected an appeal filed by the Kenyan government and confirmed a Pre-Trial Chamber ruling refusing to transfer two cases stemming from 2007 post-election violence to Kenyan courts. The Kenyan government appealed the previous decision in June after the ICC announced that they were denying …

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by Sarah Posner

The UN's Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday began conducting its fitness hearing to prosecute individuals for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime. The hearing will determine whether the defendants are well enough to stand trial. The …

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by Jennie Ryan

The UN called Tuesday for all states to end the "heinous crime" of enforced or involuntary disappearances. Enforced disappearances refers to the practice of placing people in secret detentions for weeks or months without ever being brought before a judge. Some victims of the practice say they were tortured during their detainment. The UN Working Group on …

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by Jennie Ryan

Human rights groups Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said they have evidence that the Sudanese army has committed war crimes in the country's South Kordofan region. Researchers from the two advocacy groups visited the Nuba Mountain region of South Kordofan where they "documented 13 separate bombing incidents in …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Libyan troops used children as human shields to deter attacks by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reported Tuesday. A team of PHR investigators conducted several weeks of interviews in Libya, shortly after Muammar Gaddafi and his loyalists were expelled from Misrata [Bloomberg …

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by Drew Singer

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Monday issued a temporary injunction blocking an immigration law that was scheduled to take effect Thursday. "The court will issue detailed Memorandum Opinions and Orders ruling on the merits of the pending Motions for Preliminary Injunction no later than September 28, 2011," Judge …

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by Drew Singer

Pakistani Judge Shahid Raffique on Saturday ordered that the property of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf be seized and his bank account frozen in connection with his alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The judge ordered the nation's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) …

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