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Legal news from Tuesday, December 6, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

Lesbians and transgender men in South Africa face discrimination and fear violence on a daily basis from both private individuals and government officials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday. The report argues that the government has failed to protect lesbians and transgender men under the "equality clause" of the South African …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued preliminary findings on Sunday stating that the Russian election was "characterized by frequent procedural violations and instances of apparent manipulation." The report noted that the vote count was assessed was "bad or very bad" in 34 of 115 observed polling stations, voting counts …

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by Matthew Pomy

The European Commission for Competition announced Tuesday that it will investigate Apple for anti-competitive practices in connection with its dealings with several publishers. The investigation is allowed by Article 11(6) of the Antitrust Regulation. The Commission will probe whether Apple colluded with publishing companies, Hachette Livre, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Verlagsgruppe …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Tuesday that he will continue to monitor post-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Moreno-Ocampo said that he is in the process of requesting information from DRC authorities and that he would investigate allegations of violence by government security forces as well …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

A group of 14 Asian countries in the Asia-Pacific region execute more people than the rest of the world combined, the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network said Monday. The report, When Justice Fails: Thousands Executed in Asia After Unfair Trials, argues that these countries' legal systems fail to meet international standards, such as torture, mandatory death …

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by Brandon Gatto

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged all sides in Yemen to cease ongoing deadly attacks and live up to previous commitments to investigate the serious human rights violations of its former government, calling for an immediate and impartial investigation. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN Office of the High …

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by Sarah Posner

More than 20,000 children are subjected to harsh and unsafe conditions while working in Malian gold mines, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. Children reportedly carry heavy ore from the mining shafts and are exposed to mercury inhalation, which causes severe health problems. The gold mined by Malian children as young as six …

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by Hillary Stemple

A second major tobacco company, Imperial Tobacco, Ltd., on Tuesday filed an action in Australia's High Court challenging the country's new tobacco packaging laws. Last month, Parliament approved the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill, which removes descriptive colors and logos from cigarette boxes and requires a depiction of the negative effects …

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by Drew Singer

Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 million. The 11-year sentence was significantly lower than the 24 1/2-year sentence …

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