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Legal news from Monday, September 17, 2012

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] on Monday called on Libyan authorities to implement a transitional justice strategy [UN News Centre report] in order to rebuild and reshape its decades-long history of dictatorial cruelty and last year's civil war. The report, Transitional Justice - Foundation for … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday suspended litigation between the Authors Guild [advocacy website] and Google [corporate website] pending an appeal of a May ruling allowing a class action lawsuit [JURIST reports] over Google's book-scanning initiative [website]. The court's order [Reuters report] … [read more]

[JURIST] UN investigators testified before the UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday that human rights violations in Syria committed by both sides of the conflict are growing in number and severity [press release]. Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] condemned [press release] human rights violations in Mali on Monday and called for international action to address the problems. Pillay stated that two militant Islamic groups, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Ansar Dine, are … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar [JURIST news archive] officials on Monday announced amnesty for 514 prisoners. The Ministry of Information did not identify the prisoners who will be freed, but activists have identified several political detainees and foreigners slated to be released [AP report]. The release announcement comes a week before President Thein … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladesh's personal laws governing marriage, separation and divorce overtly discriminate against women, according to a 109-page report [text, PDF] published Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. "Will I Get My Dues ... Before I Die?": Harm to Women from Bangladesh's Discriminatory Laws on Marriage, Separation, and Divorce" … [read more]

[JURIST] Opposition fighters in Syria are committing war crimes [press release], including torture and extrajudicial and summary executions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday. HRW documented war crimes in the cities of Aleppo, Latakia and Idlib. Although opposition fighters initially assured HRW they would not commit war crimes, … [read more]

[JURIST] An Omani blogger was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by a Muscat court on Sunday and must pay a fine of 1,000 Omani Rials (USD $2,600). The blogger, Mukhtar bin Mohammed bin Saif al-Hinai, was convicted on charges [ONA report] of slander and violating the country's information technology … [read more]

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