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Legal news from Thursday, January 19, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The Ethiopian Federal High Court on Thursday convicted three Ethiopian journalists, a political opposition leader and a politician's assistant for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism in violation of the country's Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other advocacy groups have criticized the law as a violation of free …

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by Jamie Reese

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani honored a summons issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan by appearing Thursday to answer contempt charges brought by the court earlier this week. Gilani was ordered to appear to explain why he did not comply with court's order to reopen a corruption case …

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by Katherine Getty

Chinese authorities on Wednesday sentenced a prominent rights activist to 10 years in prison, marking the third such sentence in a month. Dissident Li Tie was sentenced for subversion. The charges were brought in response to pro-democracy articles Li wrote in 2010. Li professed his innocence saying that his articles accorded with the Constitution. Li was detained …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A panel of Australian citizens on Thursday proposed that the country's Constitution recognize the Australian indigenous population, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Currently, although Aborigines make up almost three percent of the Australian population, they are not mentioned in the constitution. The panel, consisting of Australian business executives, political leaders, Aboriginal leaders and legal …

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by Jennie Ryan

A coalition of Middle Eastern human rights organizations on Thursday accused all parties involved in the Libya conflict of human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Three organizations were involved in the fact-finding mission which resulted in the report: the Arab Organisation for Human Rights, the Palestinian Centre for …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A committee of the French Senate voted on Wednesday to oppose a law that would outlaw genocide denial, including the World War I-era killings of more than one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The proposed law, which was approved by the French National Assembly in December, sparked animosity in Turkey, …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday, both dealing with different aspects of immigration. In Holder v. Sawyers, consolidated with Holder v. Gutierrez, the court heard arguments on whether alien children of legal residents can have their parents' years in the country imputed to them …

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