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Legal news from Monday, February 6, 2012
by Jamie Davis

US President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday imposing strict sanctions on Iran as part of an effort to enforce a bill he signed into law in December 2011. The bill, National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA), allows for sanctions such as those ordered by Obama to be imposed on …

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by Jamie Reese

Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was granted bail Monday by a Special Immigration Appeals Commission in the UK. He made his application for bail after winning an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to avoid deportation to his native Jordan. A court in Jordan previously found him guilty …

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by Jamie Davis

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged Israel to change its policies that forbid Palestinians from traveling through and living in Gaza and the West Bank. The report describes the policy that causes separation within Palestinian families since some are trapped inside Israel while their family members are forbidden from entering. Israel was …

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by Jamie Reese

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled unanimously Monday that the state's assisted suicide law [§16-5-5 text] violated the First Amendment right to free speech, essentially ruling in favor of four members of Final Exit charged in 2009. Defendants Ted Goodwin, Claire Blehr, Lawrence Egbert and Nicholas Alec Sheriden were …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A UN ambassador on Sunday urged the government in Myanmar to continue its ongoing reforms in areas such as judicial independence and human rights protections. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana, who spoke to reporters at the end of a six-day visit, praised the country for its recent reforms, …

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by Sarah Posner

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention voiced concern last week over security interests overriding the right of individuals to be free from arbitrary detention in El Salvador. The UN Working Group also criticized the overcrowding in police and prison facilities in Central America. The investigation consisted of visits to 11 prisons along with …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Egyptian investigative judges on Sunday referred to a criminal court in Cairo the cases of 43 individuals working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advocate democracy in the country. The suspects, including 19 Americans, other foreigners and Egyptians, have been charged with promoting democracy in Egypt without proper documentation and by using illegal funds. Egyptian officials are …

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by Sarah Posner

The trial against 41 Libyans accused of assisting Muammar Gaddafi in suppressing the revolt during the Libya conflict was postponed Sunday after a brief start, according to the Libyan news agency LANA. The men face charges of murder and helping prisoners escape. The court postponed the trial in response …

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