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Legal news from Tuesday, April 10, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

A civil rights activist on Monday filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to challenge the state's "No Duty to Retreat" law, a piece of legislation that he believes is too vague and may lead to bias-based killings of minorities. The lawsuit, filed by Rev. Markel Hutchins, finds support …

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by Hillary Stemple

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday effectively suspended the work of the 100-member panel responsible for drafting the country's new constitution after ruling in favor of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the formation of the panel. The lawsuit was filed by a number of prominent Egyptian lawyers challenging the process by which the panel was …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Malaysian parliament is considering a new law that would replace the Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA). The new law, introduced on Tuesday, will significantly limit the time period for which a person can be detained by the police without trial from an indefinite period to a maximum of 28 …

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by Max Slater

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized the government of Thailand for granting legal immunity to officials who allegedly violated human rights during an outbreak of political violence in 2010. In the press release, HRW claimed that the Thai government's "political reconciliation" proposals advance the partisan aims of various Thai political parties at the expense …

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by Keith Herting

Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a letter Sunday intended for militia leaders in the Libyan town of Misrata, warning of possible criminal charges for orders which amount to "crimes against humanity." The group claims that, following the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, approximately 3,000 people from the nearby town of Tawergha continue to be indiscriminately incarcerated in …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, to two years and eight months in prison on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was also sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges. Ni and her husband had assisted victims of government land seizures, …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that five terrorism suspects facing extradition from the UK to the US will not face inhumane prison conditions in the US. The court held that British citizens Syed Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad, Saudi-born Khaled Al-Fawwaz and Egyptian-born radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza …

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