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Legal news from Tuesday, September 18, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Judge Raymond Lohier of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ordered a stay of a permanent injunction that blocked portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing for their enforcement pending appeal. The order came after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official …

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by Jerry Votava

The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) on Tuesday released a report detailing the unrest and deaths caused by the 2010 anti-government protests led by the "red shirt" movement. The protests were said to have killed 92 people and injured around 1,700. The …

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by Cynthia Miley

Lawyers for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday presented Judge Susan Bolton of the US District Court for the District of Arizona with a joint filing suggesting wording for a court order permitting police to enforce the provision of the state's immigration law requiring law enforcement officials …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Monday announced that it has implemented measures to monitor detention centers at federal and regional levels to ensure human rights protection according to the country's constitution. The EHRC will dispatch investigators who have the responsibility to interview prison officials and detainees and then file a report based on …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that England and Wales' indeterminate sentences for protection of the public (IPP) without the means for inmates to prove their rehabilitation are arbitrary and unlawful. The IPP requires an inmate to demonstrate to the Parole Board that he or she is no longer a …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf announced on Tuesday that he will allow Switzerland to reopen corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari. Appearing before the Supreme Court in connection with the ongoing standoff between Pakistan's judiciary and executive officials regarding Zardari's case, Ashraf agreed to draft a letter to Switzerland by September …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Seven police officers in Bahrain have been charged with torturing and mistreating medical professionals who were detained during opposition protests held in March 2011, authorities said Monday. The police officers were trying to coerce the medical professionals into confessing that they committed misdemeanor assault and slander. The police officers' trial is scheduled to start …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a motion for an emergency stay in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in an attempt to lift last week's permanent injunction of portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The DOJ argued that Judge Katherine …

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by Julia Zebley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Morocco to release five prisoners who were allegedly convicted based on false confessions obtained through torture. Six activists were convicted last week in Casablanca for assaulting and insulting police officers during anti-monarchy protests held in July. When released from police custody, the group stated that they had been …

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