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Legal news from Monday, August 13, 2012
by Max Slater

The UN envoy for Somalia on Monday urged the east African nation to end a "culture of impunity" that threatens press freedom in the wake of the killings of two journalists. Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, declared that freedom of the press is crucial for Somalia as it struggles to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) on Monday expressed concern about the growing number of civilian casualties in violent clashes between government forces and armed opposition groups. UN Military Adviser, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, told reporters he was disappointed with conduct on both sides of the conflict, criticizing the government …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case dealing with a parent's ability to sue for custody in the US when a court has determined that the child's normal residence is in another country, and the child has already left the US. In Chafin v. Chafin, US Army sergeant Jeffrey …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Leaders of political opposition in Kuwait on Sunday criticized the government's efforts to change the country's election law through the Constitutional Court, saying the government is attempting to seize power through the court in violation of the constitution. The government announced last week that they had asked the national Constitutional Court to review the legality of the country's election …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Bahrain court has sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for making defamatory comments about a wife of the Prophet Muhammad. The 19-year-old man allegedly posted offensive comments on a website that insulted Muhammad's wife Aisha. The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) announced on Sunday that the man had been found …

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by Max Slater

Ending discrimination against women is necessary to fix the problem of global poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday. Speaking before the World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women in Seoul, South Korea, Ban declared that while women around the world have made tremendous advances in fields such as business, law and government, …

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by Max Slater

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada warned Saturday that the public would lose faith in the Canadian legal system unless access to the courts is made available for everyone. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, speaking at a news conference following an address to the Canadian Bar Association, said that the high …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for a new trial, accusing prosecutors of delaying the disclosure of crucial information. Karadzic is currently representing himself at trial. In his motion, he said that the prosecution failed to disclose crucial …

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by Max Slater

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a declaration on Sunday that gives the president complete legislative and executive power, abolishing a June declaration that reserved power for the military. The declaration grants Morsi the power to establish public policy and sign international treaties. The declaration also allows Morsi to …

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