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Legal news from Sunday, February 10, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

The Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Sunday said that a proposal to amend its war crimes laws to allow the government to appeal for higher sentences will be placed before the cabinet on Monday. This amendment would allow either side to appeal against a conviction for reasons including inadequate sentencing and will allow prosecutors to appeal an …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday that Afghanistan needs to take steps to ensure that its laws protect victims of sexual abuse and do not result in their prosecution. HRW is calling for this reform following a recent court decision which convicted a 13-year-old boy and sentenced him to one year in juvenile detention …

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by Cynthia Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to stop detaining journalists and political opponents who criticize government officials. HRW stated that the Kurdistan Security Agency and Kurdistan police had arrested journalists and publishers of articles without warrants and had detained them for up to a …

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by Cynthia Miley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed shock and sadness on Friday concerning the brutal rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Pillay urged South Africa to take a stronger approach to prevent the ongoing sexual violence incidents against tens of thousands of South African women every year. …

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