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Legal news from Sunday, October 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

US President Barack Obama on Saturday told gay rights activists that he would continue to fight for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). During a speech given at the 15th annual dinner hosted by equal rights group Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Obama told the audience that DOMA …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Bahraini doctors and nurses on Saturday urged the UN to investigate claims of abuse and due process violations in relation to their recent convictions for pro-democracy protests. Last week, the National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and civilian and military judges, in Bahrain sentenced one anti-government protester to death …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Federal Court of Australia on Friday rejected the appeal against extradition of accused Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic. For five years, Vasiljkovic has fought against extradition from Australia to Croatia to face war crimes charges stemming from his role as a Serbian commander during the 1991-1995 Croatian war …

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by Ashley Hileman

The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on Saturday voiced concerns regarding the growing number of journalists killed in Mexico and called for Mexican authorities to investigate these crimes and bring those responsible to justice. According to the journalism rights group, Reporters without Borders (RSF), the discovery …

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