Legal news from Sunday, January 22, 2012

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Yemeni parliament on Saturday approved a bill [press release, in Arabic] granting immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] in exchange for him stepping down. In the same bill, parliament recommended current Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi become the new president. The … [read more]

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