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Legal news from Tuesday, November 1, 2011
by Sarah Posner

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to submit formal charges against four leaders of Jamaat e Islam (JI) who are suspected of war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan. The ICTB, a special court established by the Bangladeshi government and not endorsed by any …

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by JURIST Staff

JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Shames as Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Shames will oversee JURIST's business and development efforts, including outreach and educational initiatives, fundraising, and corporate management. Mr. Shames will also serve as JURIST's in-house general counsel. "Matt brings to JURIST a unique combination …

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by Jamie Reese

UN experts expressed concerns Tuesday over human rights restrictions on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China's Sichuan province. UN experts are concerned about reports of heavy security measures surrounding the Kirti monastery, which houses approximately 2,500 Buddhist monks. UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt stated: Intimidation of the lay …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The US Sentencing Commission (USSC) released new guidelines Tuesday that will reduce the federal minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted on charges related to crack cocaine. They also published a 645-page report assessing the impact of statutory minimum sentences on federal sentencing, specifically targeting those that the commission finds to be too severe …

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by Max Slater

The UN agencies dealing with fighting crime and aiding refugees signed a joint agreement on Tuesday to work more closely to combat migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The memorandum, signed by Yury Fedotov, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Pirates off the Somalia coast have increased their area of operation and use of violence despite unprecedented efforts to reduce piracy, a UN official said Monday. Assistant Secretary-General for Political AffairsTaye-Brook Zerihoun told the UN Security Council that in order to successfully combat piracy, member states must increase security and legal action against …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Ugandan government is unlawfully infringing on its citizens' rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Tuesday. The report focuses on Uganda's increasing restrictions against freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of assembly and the use of force against citizens and journalists …

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by Jennie Ryan

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced on Monday that they will soon ratify a law that bans anyone found guilty of corruption from participating in politics. Egypt's deputy prime minister for political development Ali al-Selmi said that the law would apply to officials who are found guilty of financial crimes and abuse of power …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina to challenge the state's newly adopted immigration law. The complaint claims that the new legislation, which allows police officers to check a suspect's immigration status during a …

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by Jennie Ryan

Advocacy groups on Friday filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the portion of the state's controversial immigration law that bans blocking traffic to acquire or offer day labor services. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund …

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by Drew Singer

The Egypt activist group No Military Trials for for Civilians on Sunday condemned the arrest and imprisonment of Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The blogger is accused of inciting violence during the Bloody Sunday Maspero protests [Bikya …

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