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Legal news from Monday, December 19, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

China's government Friday announced that prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng would be sent to prison for three years for violating his probation. Gao's sentence is the first sign that he is still alive since having disappeared 20 months ago, presumably at the hands of the authorities. The announcement was made in …

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by Dan Taglioli

Two international human rights organizations on Monday accused European countries of suppressing evidence of their roles in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) rendition program of forced transfer and secret detention. Legal action charity Reprieve, in cooperation with the human rights organization Access Info Europe, released their interim findings in a report …

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by Jamie Reese

The FBI announced Monday that violent crime in the US has dropped, continuing a trend lasting for the past four-and-a-half years. The 2011 figures for January through June were compiled by the Bureau's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) in a preliminary semiannual report. Violent crimes, which include murder, forcible rape, robbery and …

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by Julia Zebley

Amnesty International (AI) responded Monday to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il by urging his son and likely successor Kim Jong-un to improve the nation's human rights record. AI warned that reports indicate the exchange in power could forecast new repressions to "crush any possibility of dissent." Indeed, there …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Friday rejected an appeal by former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi, upholding a decision to transfer his case to the Republic of Rwanda to be tried in the Rwandan national court system. The ICTR ordered the transfer in June under Rule 11 bis, which authorizes the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected the prosecution's request that it suspend its order to release accused Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana. Pre-Trial Chamber I on Friday declined to confirm charges, finding that there was insufficient evidence, and ordered Mbarushimana's release. The prosecution immediately requested a stay of the …

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