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Legal news from Wednesday, September 19, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The Italian Court of Cassation on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 former CIA officers for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady was originally sentenced to eight years in prison, while 22 other Americans were …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai on Wednesday condemned the recent violence that erupted after a US citizen released an anti-Islam film. Kiai stated that protests and rallies must be peaceful to be protected by international human rights law and noted that the right …

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by Sung Un Kim

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday granted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic 300 hours to present evidence in his defense. Karadzic had requested a total of 600 hours to present his defense, citing the 300 hours allocated to the prosecution and an …

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by Keith Herting

Brazil's National Truth Commission announced Monday that it will limit its inquiry to human rights abuses committed by the government under Brazil's military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There were some within the nation that hoped that the commission would also look at abuses by leftist guerrilla groups that were in …

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by Matthew Pomy

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa pledged on Wednesday to fulfill the 158 recommendations included in the UN Universal Periodic Review regarding human rights abuses against political opposition. Al Khalifa said Bahrain would begin accepting peaceful political opposition. It is unclear if Bahrain will change how it handles dissent after consistent …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday lifted an injunction that barred enforcement of a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law requiring law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person …

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by Keith Herting

Legislation intended to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia was overwhelmingly voted down on Wednesday. The Marriage Amendment Bill 2012, introduced to the House of Representatives by Labor MP Stephen Jones, was rejected by a vote of 42-98. The legislation failed despite 64.3 percent of the population supporting the bill, according to a survey …

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by Matthew Pomy

The independent media rights group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), warned Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday against passing a bill that would criminalize libel. The bill, which passed on its first reading this week, would establish fines and other punishments, including prison and correctional labor sentences, for spreading false information about another person. RSF …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen on Tuesday filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down a controversial law limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The appeal comes just four days after Judge Juan Colas of the Dane County Circuit Court held that the collective bargaining law, known …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday vacated the decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upholding the state's new voter identification law and remanded for further consideration. The Supreme Court's order, issued per curiam, suggests that it may be logistically impossible to implement the law by the November …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples spoke Tuesday on the plight of women and girls in oft-neglected indigenous peoples' communities. In a dialogue with the leaders of several nations, James Anaya made several recommendations to increase awareness of the issue of treatment of women and girls …

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