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Legal news from Monday, April 23, 2012
by Jamie Davis

US President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order that will allow the US to impose sanctions on foreign nationals who have used technology to participate in violation of human rights. Obama signed the order after he indicated that Iran and Syria's governments have committed various abuses against human rights with the help of technology, …

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by Jamie Reese

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Monday urged Nepal to reject blanket amnesty plans for international crimes committed during the country's civil war, which ended in 2006. A representative for ICJ said amnesty for human rights abuses, such as torture, rape and forced disappearances, violate international law and Nepal's …

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by Jamie Davis

A special court in Iceland on Monday convicted former prime minister Geir Haarde on one out of the four criminal charges he faced concerning the collapse of the country's banking system in 2008, announcing that he would not face any punishment. The charges stemmed from the collapse of the country's three major …

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by Jamie Reese

The Bahrain Court of Cassation on Monday delayed an appeal hearing for human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism-related charges. The court was to issue a decision Monday but set the appeal hearing for April 30. Al-Khawaja is among 21 individuals tried before the Bahrain military …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN Security Council on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes, and disrupted democratic presidential elections. The coup occurred two weeks …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday to send 300 unarmed soldiers and other civilian aid to Syria for 90 days to supervise the implementation of a peace plan. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will track whether Syrian officials follow the UN Joint Special Envoy's six steps for ending the conflict, …

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