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Legal news from Thursday, February 7, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Both groups stated [AI press release; OSJI press …

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by Daniel Mullen

Two UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed concern over the death sentence imposed by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICBT) on Abdul Kalam Azad for crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Christof Heynes, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and Gabriela Kanul, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A coalition of rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on Thursday to block a portion of Alabama's latest immigration law that requires law enforcement to publish a list of immigrants who may be undocumented. HB 658 was signed by Alabama Governor Robert …

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by Keith Herting

The UN on Wednesday welcomed the activation of a mechanism to simplify the means to report human rights abuses to the international community. The instrument, called the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, was developed in 2008 by the international body to provide a voice [UN News …

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by Brandon Gatto

A civilian committee tasked with investigating Israel's 2010 flotilla raid on several Turkish ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip concluded on Wednesday that investigations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of alleged war crimes violations meet the standards proscribed by international law, but that there is still room …

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by Sung Un Kim

Lawyers for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday filed a motion in the International Criminal Court (ICC) asking for a review of the court's decision to proceed with the trial against Kenyatta. The defense claimed that the prosecution's evidence is fraudulent, especially given that one of the key witnesses who testified against …

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by Brandon Gatto

The International Criminal Court on Thursday ordered Libyan officials to hand over the former intelligence chief for Muammar Gaddafi and allow him to meet with his lawyer. The ex-spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi, has been indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity stemming from the alleged murders and persecution of …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced Wednesday that it supports the Libyan General National Congress' decision to form an elected body that will be tasked with writing the country's new constitution. The UNSMIL called the decision an important step in creating a government that reflect the needs of the people. It further called …

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by Sung Un Kim

Russian feminist rock band Pussy Riot on Wednesday filed a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) challenging their conviction. They contend that their conviction violates four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: the freedom of speech, the right to liberty and security, the …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments on Wednesday in a case challenging the US' authority to detain suspected terrorists indefintely. The law would allow authorities to detain certain suspects indefinitely if they are found to have aided al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces." Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act …

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by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday dismissed an Iraqi government lawsuit accusing numerous business entities of conspiring with Saddam Hussein to disrupt the UN Oil-for-Food Program, thereby denying Iraqi citizens access to approximately $10 billion of essential …

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