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Legal news from Wednesday, September 14, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday ruled that the Dutch government must pay damages to one survivor and seven widows of men killed by Dutch troops during a 1947 massacre in Indonesia. The court ruled that the Dutch government is responsible for killings committed in the …

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by Zach Zagger

The new ruling regime in Libya vowed to investigate allegations of human rights abuses Wednesday after the World Bank recognized the newly formed National Transitional Council (NTC) as the official government. The NTC was responding to an Amnesty International report published Tuesday alleging that both sides of the Libya conflict …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Paris prosecutor's office on Tuesday began an inquiry into allegations against former French president Jacques Chirac and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin over the receipt of millions of dollars from African leaders. The accusations against the two former French officials were made by a lawyer who worked as an aide to Chirac …

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by Ashley Hileman

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday that a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. The challenge was brought by a self-employed couple that would be subject to the minimum …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Court of Russia ruled Tuesday that former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were illegally detained for their trial last year, a symbolic victory for the pair that will have no effect on their sentences. Although the two …

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by Julia Zebley

A delegation from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday released a report announcing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that requires immediate intervention. The delegation was sent to Yemen in late June to gather information about the country's human rights situation by meeting with officials, …

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