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Legal news from Saturday, May 5, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

Eight ethnic Albanians were arrested on Friday, five on charges of war crimes committed during the conflicts in southern Serbia in 2001. Interior Minister Iva Dacic assured the public, at a press conference, that the arrests were not politically motivated even though some of those arrested are involved in politics. The five men charged with …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Russia must reform its laws and practices in order to prevent discrimination and unfair treatment of disabled persons in the country, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) official said Friday. President Dmitry Medvedev signed a federal law ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Thursday. …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Peaceful Assembly and Association Maina Kiai said on Friday that Algeria should use its upcoming legislative elections to address concerns about inadequate freedoms of expression and association. Kiai expressed concern over a law, which passed in January to give the government broad power …

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