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Legal news from Monday, September 17, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday called on Libyan authorities to implement a transitional justice strategy 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 a New Libya, makes several recommendations that UNSMIL believes …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday suspended litigation between the Authors Guild and Google pending an appeal of a May ruling allowing a class action lawsuit over Google's book-scanning initiative. The court's order will halt the Guild's seven-year attempt to block Google from …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN investigators testified before the UN Human Rights Council on Monday that human rights violations in Syria committed by both sides of the conflict are growing in number and severity. Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic Paulo Pinheiro stated that both sides of the Syrian conflict …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned 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 recruiting child soldiers, committing cruel punishments such as amputations and …

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by Dan Taglioli

Myanmar 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. The release announcement comes a week before President Thein Sein is scheduled to travel to New York …

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by Dan Taglioli

Bangladesh's personal laws governing marriage, separation and divorce overtly discriminate against women, according to a 109-page report published Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Will I Get My Dues ... Before I Die?": Harm to Women from Bangladesh's Discriminatory Laws on Marriage, Separation, and Divorce" documents how the country's personal laws leave many women in …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Opposition fighters in Syria are committing war crimes, including torture and extrajudicial and summary executions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) 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, when HRW confronted them with information about the violations they …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

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 of slander and violating the country's information technology laws. Al-Hinai is employed by Al-Zaman newspaper, which …

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