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Legal news from Tuesday, December 11, 2012

[JURIST] The prime minister of Mali [JURIST news archive], Cheick Modibo Diarra, was forced to resign on state television Tuesday after junta soldiers arrested him for attempting to leave the country in light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis threatening the nation. Diarra's ouster has been seen as a show of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that HSBC Holdings [corporate website], one of the world's largest banking institutions based in the UK, and HSBC Bank USA [corporate websites], a federally chartered banking corporation based in Virginia, have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion to … [read more]

[JURIST] Women in Afghanistan still face abuse at the hands of man despite progress in the implementation of a law to protect women's rights, according a report [text] released Tuesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website]. The report, titled "Still a Long Way to Go," details … [read more]

[JURIST] The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini [BBC backgrounder] rights activist Nabeel Rajab [personal Twitter account], who has been detained since July, was reduced by one year in an appeals court on Tuesday. Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website], was originally sentenced to three years … [read more]

[JURIST] The mother of US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday filed a complaint [text, PDF; press release] with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) [official website] for torture and unlawful detention. The petition was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union … [read more]

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