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Legal news from Monday, October 24, 2011
by Sung Un Kim

Tunisia conducted its first free elections Sunday, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay emphasizing the importance of adherence to the rule of law as the country moves forward. The election for the new constituent assembly was a success with a turnout rate of over 90 percent, according to the official results [official website, in …

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by Jerry Votava

An Australian citizen has filed two counts of war crimes charges against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for abuses that he allegedly witnessed in 2007 and 2008 as the Sri Lankan civil war drew to a close. Jegen Warran claims to have witnessed intentional attacks by Sri Lankan military forces against civilian targets including …

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by Jamie Davis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) to investigate the apparent "mass execution" of 53 Muammar Gaddafi supporters whose bodies were discovered at an abandoned hotel in an area of Sirte that was under anti-Gaddafi control. HRW emergencies director Peter Bouckaert called on …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Antonio Cassese, a renowned Italian international war crimes expert and key figure in the establishment of two international criminal tribunals, died Saturday in Florence, Italy, at the age of 74. Cassese was the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the first President of the UN Special Tribunal …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Defense lawyers for Nuon Chea, a former leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime filed a lawsuit Monday against Prime Minister Hun Sen for interfering with the UN-backed war crimes tribunal. Chea's lawyers accused the prime minister of criminally conspiring to block some of the defense witnesses from testifying [Reuters …

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by Jennie Ryan

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul called Friday for integration of a gender perspective into countries' criminal justice systems. The annual report "addresses the need to consider and integrate a gender perspective in the criminal justice system as a fundamental step towards allowing equal access to justice …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said Monday that he has ordered an investigation into the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. He said that the National Transition Council has formed a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding Gaddafi's capture and death last week at the hands of opposition …

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