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Legal news from Sunday, June 3, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) released a report 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. All four of the detainees are Arab-Canadians who were detained post-9/11. The committee …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced 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 civilian men, women and children occurred last week, during a …

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by Jennie Ryan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday filed notice with the Cook County Circuit Court 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 lawsuits against Illinois Governor Pat Quinn …

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by Jennie Ryan

Amnesty International (AI) on Sunday demanded 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 activists, China has arrested and detained as many as 600 Tibetan residents and held them at numerous detention centers outside of Lhasa. While …

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