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Legal news from Wednesday, April 4, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Department of Defense (DOD) referred charges to a military commission on Wednesday against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay. Mohammed, along with Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

Roma, Jews and Ukrainians in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) face exclusion from politics and public institutions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The report identified the 1995 Bosnian Constitution as the root of the discrimination against minority groups. The constitutional provisions that enable political positions for Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs …

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by Max Slater

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday agreed to strengthen human rights protections during its annual summit. ASEAN Chairman Hun Sen, who is also Prime Minister of Cambodia, proclaimed several new initiatives by ASEAN to protect human rights in southeast Asia, a region often criticized for human rights …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Brazilian federal prosecutor on Tuesday filed a second $11 billion lawsuit against Chevron after the company reported a new leak in its Frade oil field in the Campos Basin. Eduardo Santos de Oliviera filed the first lawsuit after a 2,400 barrel oil spill polluted the Campos Basin last November. Last month, he also …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Mali junta issued a statement Tuesday accusing rebels in the northern town of Gao of grave human rights violations, particularly the kidnap and rape of local women and girls. Last month the military overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure and ended 20 years of democracy because they felt Toure had failed to properly respond to rebel …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Ankara 12th High Criminal Court on Wednesday began the trial of the last two surviving leaders of Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule, during which 50 people were hanged and half a million arrested. The two retired generals, 94-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following …

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by Katherine Getty

UN officials urged the international community to strengthen collaborative efforts to combat human trafficking on Tuesday at a special General Assembly meeting. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that there are at least 2.4 million victims of human trafficking at any given moment. They also believe that the profits from the human …

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by Jerry Votava

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the final appeal by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted of killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. The ruling affirmed an order from the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas which denied …

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