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Legal news from Monday, November 5, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The military hearing for a US Army sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in March began on Monday and is expected to last the remainder of the week. Sgt. Robert Bales was originally charged with 17 counts of murder, including women and children, in a Kandahar village, but one charge was dropped in June. Bales also …

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by Brandon Gatto

Amnesty International (AI) and several other international human rights groups on Monday urged South Sudan to join the majority of UN members that have abolished the death penalty. In particular, the groups recommended that the country abandon the punishment "in law or practice by placing a moratorium on all executions" in December, …

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by Michael Haggerson

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani released a statement though the Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations on Monday that any effort to undermine the military by creating a wedge between it and the Pakistani people would not be tolerated. The statement appears to be a response to the recent decision by the Supreme …

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by Michael Haggerson

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a coalition of 164 human rights groups, released a statement on Monday criticizing the current draft of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). FIDH criticized the AHRD for stating that human rights freedoms must be considered …

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by Dan Taglioli

The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday reported that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has expelled a UN human rights investigator from the country. South Sudan reportedly ejected UN officer Sandra Beidas for allegedly writing false reports. It is possible that the expulsion was due to the …

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by Dan Taglioli

A body of UN independent experts submitted its report to the General Assembly on Friday regarding specific groups of individuals whose human rights are put at risk by transnational business activities. The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises is a group of five independent experts established …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers and citizens took to the streets of Colombo on Monday to protest the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake, the chief justice and lone woman on the country's Supreme Court. The protesters waved placards and shouted slogans calling on the government to halt to the impeachment. Last week, a government spokesperson announced …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A moratorium has been enacted on Malawi's laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality, Malawi Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara announced on Monday. According to him, the laws were suspended to enable to the country consider permanently nullifying them. Section 153 and 156 of Malawi's Penal Code stipulate 14 years or 5 …

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