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Legal news from Monday, September 12, 2011

[JURIST] A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) [party website; NYT backgrounder] Youth League President Julius Malema [BBC profile] guilty [ruling, text] of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday said that at least 2,600 people have been killed in Syria in the crackdown on anti-government protesters in the country. During her address to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website], Pillay said "that, according to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pechersk District Court announced on Monday that the trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian; JURIST news archive] on charges of abuse of office would be adjourned for two weeks [press release, in Ukrainian]. Judge Rodion Kireyev said he would delay further proceedings "in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Afghan Local Police (ALP) force is committing serious abuses [press release], and the Afghan government is doing little to hold the officials accountable, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced Monday. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Just Don't Call It a Militia: Impunity, Militias, and the Afghan … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] at The Hague on Monday began hearing arguments from Germany and Italy, which is seeking damages from Germany for crimes committed by Nazis during World War II. In November 2008, Germany filed a lawsuit [ICJ press release, PDF] against Italy in … [read more]

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