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Legal news from Friday, October 12, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on Iran Friday to immediately stop all executions, including 11 planned for Saturday. The OHCHR stated that Iran has failed to provide the accused with due process and fair trials and that the death penalty is not appropriate for certain crimes for which …

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by Michael Haggerson

Nigerian government security forces and Islamist militant group Boko Haram have likely both committed crimes against humanity in the conflict between the two groups which began in 2009, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The report states that Boko Haram attacks have killed more than 1,500 people, primarily police and government …

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by Dan Taglioli

The High Court of Botswana on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution, which guarantees gender equality. According to the legal rights group Southern Africa Litigation Centre, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Special Court for the Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Friday sentenced four men to prison terms ranging from 18 months to 2 years on contempt charges stemming from allegations of witness tampering. Three of the men were convicted last month after a fourth suspect, Samuel Kargbo, plead guilty and testified for …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld a preliminary injunction against an Ohio state election law adopted in 2006 that discards provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct. Pursuant to the law, the provisional ballots were rejected even if the error was caused by a poll worker. More than 14,000 …

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by Dan Taglioli

Mexico's Senate gave final approval to a federal anti-money laundering law Thursday in the nation's latest effort to subdue the country's powerful drug cartels. Passed by the lower congressional house earlier this year, the legislation was proposed two years ago by outgoing President Felipe Calderon, a conservative …

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