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Legal news from Tuesday, November 20, 2012
by Cynthia Miley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Tuesday for the civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are caught in continued fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the 23 March Movement (M23). Pillay stated that M23, advancing …

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by Blake Lynch

A spokesperson from the FBI (FBI) announced Monday that four Southern California men were charged with terrorism-related offenses and plotting to join al Qaeda. The criminal charges were brought in the US District Court for the Central District of California for "conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists." The …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Kosovo Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a retrial against Kosovo politician and parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj and three other co-defendants on charges of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia. Limaj allegedly ordered the torture and killings of Serbian detainees in 1999. The Supreme Court …

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by Sung Un Kim

Children participating in protests during the Egyptian Revolution have been subject to police detention and torture, according to a recent finding released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) Tuesday. The findings were based on numerous interviews of detained children, their families and lawyers. HRW condemned the situation in Egypt for violating national and international …

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by Samuel Franklin

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday pressured Israel to avoid strikes on civilian structures in Gaza. Pillay expressed acute concern over the surge in the number of Palestinian civilians killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military action. As to whether any …

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by Sarah Posner

A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered police to drop blasphemy charges against a 14-year-old girl, which had sparked international concern over the use of the country's controversial law. The girl was charged under Pakistan's blasphemy law for allegedly burning pages for a Koran. She was released on bail in September after an Iman was charged for allegedly …

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by Sarah Posner

A Croatian court sentenced former prime minister Ivo Sanader to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for corruption and war profiteering. Judge Ivan Turudic found Sanader guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and also ordered the former PM to pay a fine of €611,000 to Croatia. Sanader was charged with taking €10 million (USD $12.7 …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Russia's new NGO law went into effect on Tuesday, and activists have vowed to challenge it. The law requires Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents. Some activists are already in the process of appealing to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday stressed the need to address the causes of maritime piracy with a "multi-dimensional approach". Addressing the UN Security Council, Eliasson noted three areas of concern that warrant immediate action: 1) better coordination, information-sharing and trust-building among countries and agencies involved in counter-piracy operations; 2) stronger capacity to …

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