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Legal news from Sunday, November 27, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi on Sunday sentenced five pro-democracy activists to prison for participating in a campaign seeking political liberties. One activist was sentenced to three years in prison while the others were sentenced to two years in prison by the three-judge panel. The activists will not be able to appeal the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Mexican activists on Friday filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court asking the court to investigate alleged human rights violations by the army and police resulting from the attack on drug cartels initiated by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The activists claim that, in addition to the nearly 470 cases of human rights abuses …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Commission on Civil Rights announced on Tuesday that it will examine the impact that state-enacted immigration enforcement laws have on individual civil rights. The announcement stems from a unanimous vote taken at the Commission's most recent business meeting. Following the vote, Martin Castro, Commission Chairman, stated, "I believe that the enactment of these …

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by Ashley Hileman

The UN Committee Against Torture expressed concern Friday over allegations of human rights violations in Syria, including the torture of children, and requested a report addressing these matters. Claudio Grossman, who currently heads the committee, said: "Of particular concern are reports referring to children who have suffered torture and mutilation while detained; as well as …

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