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Legal news from Wednesday, February 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is authorized to use and pass on information obtained through torture when Canadian lives are at stake, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Tuesday. The statements come in response to a controversial 2010 directive authorizing the use of such information that was obtained earlier this week by …

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by Max Slater

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the international community to take action to protect Syrian civilians. Pillay argued that the failure of the UN Security Council to agree on collective action against Syria has encouraged the Syrian government to attack and kill civilians in order to quash dissent. …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Parliament of Uganda on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would criminalize certain homosexual activities. Amnesty International (AI) has criticized the bill as "a grave assault on human rights." The proposed legislation is a new version of another bill first introduced in October 2009. The original bill contained provisions requiring …

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by Jennie Ryan

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday appealed a summons issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan demanding he appear in a hearing against him for contempt. The contempt charge stems from Gilani's refusal to purse corruption charges against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani has maintained that …

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by Katherine Getty

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya urged the Panamanian government on Tuesday to open a dialogue with the country's indigenous peoples in an effort to alleviate tension and reduce violence. The request comes after one indigenous group occupied portions of the Pan-American Highway in protest of mining …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Vatican sex crimes prosecutor warned bishops on Wednesday that they must follow rules in place for protecting victims of sexual abuse in the church or they risk being sanctioned. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the church appointed prosecutor in the ongoing clergy sex abuse scandals, issued his warning at a symposium of bishops, the purpose …

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by Katherine Getty

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed suit Tuesday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over its ruling that barred South Carolina from enforcing its voter identification law. The DOJ rejected the law in December on the grounds that it was discriminatory. It has authority to do so …

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by Katherine Getty

A judge in Milan ruled Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will stand trial for publicly releasing a secret wiretap in 2005. The prosecution alleges that Berlusconi published the transcript of a tapped phone conversation in Il Giornale, a national newspaper owned by his brother. The …

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