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Legal news from Wednesday, May 16, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Amnesty International (AI) urged the Sudanese government on Tuesday to stop its alleged press censorship. AI reports that Sudanese authorities have on several occasions seized newspapers from the printing press. Additionally, a prominent columnist, Faisal Saleh, was arrested and remains in custody after publishing a report on an alleged rape by a Sudanese security agent. …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday awarded victims' families over $300 million dollars in damages from the governments of Syria and Iran for their roles in an April 2006 terrorist attack in Israel. The lawsuit was filed by the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center on …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Mali is facing its worst human rights crisis since it gained independence in 1960, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. In a report, "Mali: Five months of crisis, armed rebellion and military coup," AI claims that hundreds of thousands of citizens have been displaced while dozens have been subjected to arbitrary detention, extrajudicial executions …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Mass arrests and incommunicado detentions persist at Camp Honor, a prison in Iraq's capital Baghdad that the Iraqi government promised to close last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW), reported Tuesday. According to HRW, the Iraqi government is reportedly holding hundreds of detainees incommunicado for months at a time at Camp Honor, as well as …

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by Sarah Posner

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday denied petitions by book publishers and Apple to dismiss a class action lawsuit alleging that companies are illegally conspiring to fix electronic book (e-book) prices. The lawsuit was originally filed in August. The …

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by Sarah Posner

UN experts and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday urged an end to the threats and killings of human rights advocates and journalists in Mexico. The UN and IACHR called on the Mexican government to implement the "Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists" in order to avoid the …

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