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Legal news from Sunday, February 3, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday postponed ruling whether the legislative constitutional assembly that just last week drafted a new charter was legitimate. The judges claimed a crowd of Islamists outside the courthouse of had intimidated the judges and blocked the entrance to the courthouse. The judges stated that they were suspending the court's sessions …

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by Cynthia Miley

Somalia's new prime minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid, said Sunday that the Somali authorities would become more involved in protecting rape victims following intense criticism after the arrests of a woman allegedly gang-raped by soldiers and the journalist who interviewed her. The trial of an unidentified 27-year-old woman, her husband and the journalist has generated concern …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Iranian Parliament on Sunday voted 192-56 to impeach the country's labor minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, because he appointed an official who was implicated in the deaths of anti-government prisoners in 2010. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that this constituted an abuse of power by parliament speaker Ali Larijana. Larijana is the …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged Afghanistan to make meaningful reforms to end the use of torture in government detention centers. HRW called attention to a UN report released last month that more than half of pre-trial detainees being held in Afghanistan were being subjected to torture, saying this report "should …

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