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Legal news from Sunday, January 29, 2012
by Julia Zebley

In response to international criticism the Libya Ministry of Justice announced on Sunday that it will be commandeering "makeshift prisons" around the country to prevent further prisoner torture. Deputy Minister Khalifa Ashour acknowledged that primarily loyalists to former dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been tortured in unregulated prisons. Other detainees are citizens under …

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by Julia Zebley

State media for Bahrain announced on Sunday that new measures will be taken against protesters in light of recent violence against police officers. Acting under the orders of Prime Minister and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Cabinet of Bahrain will soon amend the penal code to include a 15-year …

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by Matthew Pomy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said in a statement delivered Sunday to the African Union Summit that Africa must honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Many African nations still outlaw homosexuality. As of 2011, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association …

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