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Legal news from Tuesday, October 9, 2012
by Sarah Posner

Libyan government lawyers on Tuesday urged International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to allow Saif al-Islam to be tried in Libya, promising a fair trial for the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libyan officials spoke during a hearing before the ICC, which is set to decide [Reuters …

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by Jerry Votava

Egypt President Mohammed Morsi announced on Tuesday a general pardon issued in August for most people detained or convicted for crimes committed during and in support of the Egyptian Revolution. The pardon applies to all citizens who were arrested between January 25, 2011 and June 30, 2012. It does not …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a letter to the members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly on Monday urging them to amend Egypt's draft constitution to comply with international treaties. HRW said that international human rights treaties ratified by Egypt should have clear supremacy over domestic law because the Vienna Convention on …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Tuesday supended a cybercrimes law that became effective last week. The suspension will be for 120 days while the court considers whether provisions of the law violate civil liberties. With the suspension, the court also ordered the Philippines government to respond within 10 days to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A UK immigration tribunal has ruled that man who says he was paid to kill civilians in Sudan may remain in the UK indefinitely. The 27-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, is being allowed to remain in the UK for his own safety. Immigration officials had originally rejected [Telegraph …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Lawyers and judges from Sri Lanka held a large-scale protest on Monday to express their dismay over the assault of an outspoken judge and to call for a thorough, impartial investigation into the incident. Nearly 500 judges, lawyers and other legal staff members marched in front of the Colombo Court Complex carrying a coffin, which they said …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted seven new cases. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the court will review the scope of a Monsanto patent on genetically-modified seeds that utilizes Roundup Ready technology. The seeds are altered to "self replicate," which means …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday released a report urging justice for victims of international law violations that occurred Nepal's civil war. Approximately 13,000 people were killed and 1,500 people went missing during the conflict between Nepal's government and the Communist Party of Nepal, …

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