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Legal news from Sunday, June 3, 2012

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday finding that Canada was complicit in rights violations against three Canadians who were held prisoner in Syria, and against Omar Khadr, who is currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. All four of … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] announced [SANA press release] on Sunday that his government had nothing to do with last week's Houla massacre and that "not even monsters" would carry out the attacks. Al-Assad made his remarks, his first since the massacre that killed more than 100 … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] on Friday filed notice with the Cook County Circuit Court [official website] stating that her office will present arguments in support of two lawsuits filed in opposition of the state's same-sex marriage ban. Last week 25 gay and lesbian couples filed two … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Sunday demanded [press release] that China immediately release protesters who have been imprisoned since the self-immolation of two Tibetan men in Lhasa late last month. According to Tibetan [BBC backgrounder] activists, China has arrested and detained as many as 600 Tibetan residents and … [read more]

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