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Legal news from Sunday, January 8, 2012

[JURIST] Syrian authorities on Thursday released 552 prisoners as a part of the country's agreement with the Arab League [official website, in Arabic]. The prisoners were detained [NYT report] due to allegations that they were involved in "terrorist" activities. While more than 3,500 detainees have recently been released, human rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed alarm [press release] over the increased use of capital punishment in Saudi Arabia, including increased use of torture to obtain confessions. According to OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville, executions in Saudi Arabia have nearly … [read more]

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