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Legal news from Tuesday, August 30, 2011

[JURIST] 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 [AP report] convicted of national security crimes. Eleven of the prisoners released … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday rejected an appeal [press release] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN's Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began conducting its fitness hearing [materials; press release] to prosecute individuals for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The hearing will determine … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN called Tuesday for all states to end the "heinous crime" of enforced or involuntary disappearances [press release]. 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Human rights groups Amnesty International (AI) [official website] and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Tuesday said they have evidence that the Sudanese army has committed war crimes [press release] in the country's South Kordofan region. Researchers from the two advocacy groups visited the Nuba Mountain region of … [read more]

[JURIST] Libyan troops used children as human shields to deter attacks by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website], Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. A team of PHR investigators conducted several weeks of interviews in Libya, shortly after Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Monday issued a temporary injunction [text, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Judge Shahid Raffique on Saturday ordered that the property of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] be seized and his bank account frozen in connection with his alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]

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