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Legal news from Saturday, February 9, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Amnesty International (AI) lauded Myanmar's government on Friday for its decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases. The committee will determine whether to grant amnesty to Myanmar's political prisoners, many of whom were allegedly falsely charged or convicted of a serious offense, arbitrarily detained, or imprisoned solely for their peaceful political activities. …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned a mortar attack on Camp Liberty, an Iranian exile camp near the Iraq capital Baghdad. The attack reportedly killed six people and injured several others. The camp functions as a temporary holding facility for over 3000 exiles, where the Office of …

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by Max Slater

Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament, was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's government imposed a curfew in the India-controlled …

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by Max Slater

Egypt's administrative court ordered the country's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) on Friday to block YouTube because it carried the controversial amateur film Innocence of Muslims. The amateur film sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year for portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud and a womanizer. The court …

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