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Legal news from Friday, September 30, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

A Brazilian judge for the Federal Court of the First Region ruled on Thursday that work on a dam being constructed on the Xingu River in the Amazon jungle must cease. The USD $11 billion project would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam in the world. In deciding to suspend the …

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by Michael Haggerson

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas denied an injunction on Thursday against a Kansas law that prohibits insurance companies from including coverage for abortion in their comprehensive plans. The law prohibits comprehensive insurance plans from covering any abortion other than to save a …

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by Sarah Posner

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Friday acquitted two former Rwandan ministers, Casimir Bizimungu and Jerome Bicamumpaka, of genocide charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence. This decision is the most high-profile acquittal of the officials involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide during which 800,000 people were …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday unanimously vacated a district court ruling that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST backgrounder] was a violation of service members' constitutional rights. Earlier this month, lawyers for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the appeals court to …

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by Sarah Posner

A CIA drone strike in Yemen on Friday killed senior al Qaeda leader, US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The strike marks the US government's most successful attack against al Qaeda since the raid leading to the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May. The US-born radical Muslim cleric reportedly …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesdayaffirmed the convictions of ex-army officer Ephrem Setako and former businessman Yussuf Munyakazi on charges stemming from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The Appeals Chamber dismissed Setako's appeal in its entirety and affirmed his conviction on charges of genocide, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with several other rights groups and physicians, filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging a North Carolina law that requires abortion providers to show women ultrasounds prior to performing abortions. The measure, known as the "Women's Right to Know Act," would also require a physician to …

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by Hillary Stemple

A special security court in Bahrain on Thursday sentenced one anti-government protester to death for killing a police officer, and gave lengthy prison sentences to medical personnel, including doctors, for providing treatment to injured protesters during the country's uprising. The National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and civilian and military judges, …

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by Julia Zebley

Two rights organizations filed an indictment against former US president George W Bush with the Canada Department of Justice on Thursday accusing him of commissioning a torture program during his time in office. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the same complaint earlier this year …

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by John Paul Putney

Lithuania must reopen the investigation into secret CIA prisons in light of new evidence, Amnesty International (AI) insisted Thursday. AI cited evidence of rendition flights of Abu Zubaydah in 2005 revealed earlier this year by Reprieve, a London-based human rights organization. AI counter-terrorism and human …

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by John Paul Putney

The upper house of the Kazakhstani parliament on Thursday passed a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. Recently, Kazakhstani lawmakers have been unsettled by religious extremists plotting acts of terrorism across Central Asia's largest economy. The bill dissolves current registrations and establishes a procedure requiring groups to meet …

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