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Legal news from Tuesday, May 8, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A Chinese court agreed on Monday to hear the case brought by dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Ai challenged the government's imposition of 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) tax evasion penalty on Fake Cultural Development Ltd. which helps him to produce and market his works. He was accused and charged with tax evasion in November. Ai claims …

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by Sung Un Kim

A South African court on Tuesday ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations committed under Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. The allegations include torture and other crimes committed in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 elections, and the investigation will address complaints brought by various human rights organizations. Judge Hans Fabricius held …

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by Max Slater

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said Monday that five years after the passage of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the international community needs to do more to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are protected. In her remarks to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday reduced the sentence of Aloys Ntabakuze, a former Rwandan army officer convicted of genocide and related crimes, and affirmed the sentences of two others. Ntabakuze's sentence was reduced from life in prison to 35 years after the court heard his appeal [JURIST …

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by Max Slater

A group of Moroccan judges signed a petition on Monday that urges judicial independence from Morocco's monarchy and parliament. The petition, circulated by the 1,800 member Morocco judges' club, particularly emphasizes the need for prosecutors to be able to operate without influence by the executive branch. Although Article 82 of the Moroccan constitution …

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