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Legal news from Sunday, May 13, 2012
by Keith Herting

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Saturday overturned the ruling of a lower court that would have postponed the upcoming presidential elections. Last Wednesday, a provincial court in the town of Benha ruled to suspend the elections following alleged administrative errors. The Supreme Administrative Court's decision to overturn clears the way for elections to go forward as scheduled on …

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by Keith Herting

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday implored the Moldovan government to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law. The proposed law, in development since 2008, is seen as a large step forward for religious minorities, the Roma population and LGBT rights in the nation. OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, noted that:One …

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by Jerry Votava

The Sri Lanka Police on Sunday released the names of thousands of people being held under that country's anti-terror laws. The release comes three years after the end of the country's 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The announcement is the first release of this type of …

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by Jerry Votava

The Supreme Court of Chile on Friday issued a ruling preventing the construction of a new hydroelectric dam in Patagonia. The dam was one of three hydroelectric plants proposed by Energia Austral, a private joint-venture between Xstrata Copper and Origin Energy Limited, to supply power to nearby communities and copper mines. The court …

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by Keith Herting

A 14-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled 12-2 Friday that the earlier dismissal of lawsuits against two Abu Ghraib contractors on the grounds that they have immunity as government contractors was premature. The court sent the cases against CACI International Inc. and …

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