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Legal news from Friday, November 18, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter said Friday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) must make food security a top priority at its global trade talks next month. De Schutter stressed that WTO policies do not adequately ensure the right to food in developing …

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by Michael Haggerson

Prosecutors in the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) filed an immediate appeal on Friday of the court's decision to release Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith after finding her unfit to stand trial. The judges found, based on the opinions of a geriatrician and …

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by Brandon Gatto

A jailed former Sri Lanka army chief was sentenced on Friday to an additional three years in prison for reportedly implicating his country's defense secretary in war crimes at the end of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war. In the High Court ruling, two out of three judges found that the comments made to a …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday denied a request to block the release of names on Washington state petitions for Referendum 71 (R-71) opposing domestic partnerships. Last month, the Washington secretary of state began to release the names after a federal judge lifted an injunction against their release. …

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by Matthew Pomy

Philippine authorities arrested former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday in response to a warrant issued that same day on charges of corruption and election fraud occurring during her time as president. Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room where she was being treated for a bone ailment. She was previously …

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by Hillary Stemple

Russian lawmakers in the city of St. Petersburg on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved an initial reading of a bill that would impose fines against people convicted of promoting homosexuality, including gays or lesbians who are open about their sexuality. The legislation, which was supported by the ruling United Russia party, would ban gay pride parades, and any activity …

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by Hillary Stemple

The White House released a statement of administration policy on Thursday praising the work of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 but warning that President Barack Obama could veto the bill if it "challenges or constrains the President's critical authorities to collect …

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