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Legal news from Friday, July 20, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday stated that the violence against minority Rohingyas and other Muslim has increased since a state of emergency was declared in the western Myanmar State Rakhine. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International's Myanmar Researcher, commented that "Declaring a state of emergency is not a license to commit human rights …

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by Dan Taglioli

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Friday that Senegal must promptly either put on trial or extradite to Belgium Chadian ex-president Hissene Habre. The court's legally binding order also noted that Senegal had failed to make serious efforts to prosecute Habre, 69, who has been been under house arrest …

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by Dan Taglioli

The UN Security Council on Friday extended the UN monitoring mission in Syria for an additional 30 days. The mandate for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), deployed as part of the peace plan of UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, received a unanimous vote for a 30-day extension in …

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by Max Slater

The Liberian Senate on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits same-sex marriage in the West African nation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, makes same-sex marriage a second degree felony subject to a fine or a short term of imprisonment. Senator Joseph Nagbe, who supported the …

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by Dan Taglioli

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Thursday ordered the release of 572 people who had been convicted by the military. Morsi, Egypt's first elected civilian president, had formed a committee to review all the cases of prisoners who had been sentenced by military courts since the beginning of the revolution that toppled former …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Butts County Superior Court on Thursday denied requests to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill. Hill was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. Georgia is the only state in the US that requires proof of mental retardation beyond a reasonable …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) declined to lift an injunction on Thursday against Samsung in its patent dispute with Apple over Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California had granted an injunction against …

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by Max Slater

Defense lawyers for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing Abd al-Rahim Nashiri requested on Thursday that Nashiri's trial at Guantanamo be televised. Richard Kammen, an attorney for Nashiri, declared that televising the trial would increase transparency of the tribunals at Guantanamo and enable the public to see an …

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by Dan Taglioli

Beijing's Chaoyang District Court on Friday rejected the appeal brought by dissident artist Ai Weiwei challenging the government's imposition of 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) tax evasion penalty. The fine was leveled against Fake Cultural Development Ltd., the company that helps Ai, 55, produce and market his works, which was accused and charged with tax evasion …

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by Jamie Reese

US lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over the use of drone strikes. At a hearing in the US House Committee on Homeland Security lawmakers called on Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to address the issue of domestic drones and their potential security and safety implications. The government already owns …

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