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Legal news from Sunday, January 22, 2012
by Julia Zebley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its annual World Report on Sunday, leading with a criticism of Western governments' support of Middle Eastern regimes that stifle and suppress protests. The comprehensive report catalogs all of the world's major human rights violations and gives HRW's outlook on trends and remedies to ongoing situations. Focusing on the …

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by Matthew Pomy

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will be made to testify at his genocide trial, according to a statement by judicial officials on Saturday. Rios Montt was in control of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983 as a result of a coup and is being charged with crimes against humanity and genocide during his rule. He was protected from prosecution …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Yemeni parliament on Saturday approved a bill granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh in exchange for him stepping down. In the same bill, parliament recommended current Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi become the new president. The bill would protect Saleh against prosecution for politically motivated acts …

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