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Legal news from Sunday, January 8, 2012
by Ashley Hileman

Syrian authorities on Thursday released 552 prisoners as a part of the country's agreement with the Arab League. The prisoners were detained due to allegations that they were involved in "terrorist" activities. While more than 3,500 detainees have recently been released, human rights group Avaaz, estimates that 37,000 more remain in …

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by Jennie Ryan

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed alarm 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 tripled since 2010. He also expressed concern over the recent …

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