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Legal news from Monday, December 24, 2012

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused Palestinian military units located in Gaza of violating laws of war by firing rockets into populated areas of Israel. These laws of war [HRW report] prohibit focused attacks on civilians and civilian structures or attacks that distinguish between civilians and … [read more]

[JURIST] India prime minister Manmohan Singh [official profile] in a televised public address on Sunday called for peace and promised to prevent further attacks on women after protest over sex crimes turned violent. Singh reiterated [New Delhi Television report] the government's commitment to providing security to women, but stated that … [read more]

[JURIST] Venezuelan official stated on Saturday that the country will not be holding a new election, even if President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is unable to take office on January 10 because of his cancer. Although there is a constitutional mandate [Reuters report] that the President be … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Rifle Association (NRA) [advocacy website] CEO Wayne LaPierre dismissed [video; transcript] calls for a renewed ban on assault weapons on Sunday. LaPierre said that an assault weapons ban was a "phony piece of legislation" [AP report]. After LaPierre's interview on Sunday, it is very unlikely that the … [read more]

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