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Legal news from Thursday, November 24, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Thursday called for an end to violence against protesters and reiterated that demonstrations were a protected right, as long as they were done peacefully. The SCAF also assured citizens that arrested demonstrators would be released, possibly by Saturday. Protesters have been clashing with Egyptian security …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled on Wednesday that a law banning polygamy [Criminal Code §293 text] was constitutional. The law was under challenge by two bishops of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who claimed that the law infringed on their religious freedom and was not consistent with the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Bahrain authorities used excessive force and tortured detainees involved in the pro-democracy demonstrations earlier this year, according to a report released Tuesday by an independent Bahraini government commission. The report, published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), concluded that the security forces "violated the principles of necessity and proportionality" in their choice of …

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