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Legal news from Tuesday, January 22, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday condemned US drone attacks as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and international law. Khar stated that the drone attacks are "counterproductive" and that she plans to discuss the issue with the US and its ambassador to Pakistan. Earlier this month, retired general Stanley McChrystal expressed …

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by Daniel Mullen

A Turkish court on Monday charged nine lawyers for membership in an outlawed group under Turkey's anti-terrorism laws. The lawyers, including some human rights advocates, are accused of being associated with the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (RPLP), a group that advocates for a Marxist state and has claimed responsibility for violence and assassinations in the …

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by Peter Snyder

The Philippines on Tuesday notified China that it is seeking international arbitration to declare Chinese claims to the majority of the South China Sea illegal and invalid. Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario stated in a press conference the country's intent to bring China before an Arbitral Tribunal under Article 287 and Annex VII of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Charles Ble Goude, the former Ivory Coast Minister for Sports and Youth and close political ally of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, was charged Tuesday with war crimes and murder. Goude has been in hiding since May 2011 when French special forces forced out and captured Gbagbo after his refusal to leave office [JURIST …

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by Dan Taglioli

Prisoners in some Afghan-run detention facilities are still being beaten and tortured, according to an annual report released Sunday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). UNAMA interviewed 635 conflict-related detainees in detention facilities across Afghanistan, finding that more than half of those interviewed had experienced maltreatment and torture. Fourteen …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday voted 110-33 in favor of legislation extending the detention time for suspects arrested by police from 24 to 48 hours. Under the newly-amended law, titled, "Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill," police may detain and question a person who has been arrested without a warrant for 48 hours …

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by Dan Taglioli

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Tuesday began his appeal in The Hague against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Taylor's 42-point appeal states that the the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) made "systematic errors" …

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