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Legal news from Tuesday, December 13, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Leaders in the US House and Senate on Monday evening announced that they had reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 after making some modifications and adding text. The bill, which was passed by the Senate in its original form earlier this month, included a controversial provision authorizing the president …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Myanmar government announced Tuesday that the political party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to register for the next elections. Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy (NLD) decided last month to reenter politics after boycotting last year's elections in which Suu Kyi was not allowed to run. The move …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Tuesday ordered that former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith remain in detention. The Trial Chamber found last month that Ieng Thirith is unfit to stand trial for war crimes because of dementia from Alzheimer's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent announced Monday that Canada will withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, making it the first country to do so. The treaty was signed by Canada's previous Liberal government, but little had been done to implement it. Kent said that the protocol "will not …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was officially chosen Monday to succeed Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo when his nine-year term expires next year. Liechtenstein's UN Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, outgoing president of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute that set up the ICC, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Corruption is leading to unequal distribution of land and resources, resulting in human rights violations, according to a working paper published Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Transparency International (TI). According to the report, corruption flourishes where land governance is efficient. "Weak land governance tends to be …

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by Katherine Getty

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Monday struck down a Wisconsin law that prohibited people from donating more than $10,000 a year to political action committees (PACs). The case was brought by Wisconsin Right to Life before the 2010 gubernatorial election on grounds that the law violated the First …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday referred the Republic of Malawi to the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited the country for a trade summit in October. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria, reiterating her call for a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pillay reported that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in the ongoing conflict, including more than 300 children. She also …

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