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Legal news from Monday, September 12, 2011
by John Paul Putney

A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) Youth League President Julius Malema guilty of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers to whites in general and Afrikaners in particular. Malema argued …

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by Jennie Ryan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay 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), Pillay said "that, according to reliable sources on the ground, the number of those killed …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Pechersk District Court announced on Monday that the trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges of abuse of office would be adjourned for two weeks. Judge Rodion Kireyev said he would delay further proceedings "in order to ensure the defendant's right to defense, the court …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Afghan Local Police (ALP) force is committing serious abuses, and the Afghan government is doing little to hold the officials accountable, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Monday. In a report entitled "Just Don't Call It a Militia: Impunity, Militias, and the Afghan Local Police," HRW alleges that the national army and police …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) 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 against Italy in the ICJ in a bid to block new claims [JURIST …

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