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Legal news from Monday, February 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

A UN independent expert on human rights in Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, on Sunday expressed concern regarding the arrest and detention of political opposition figures by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). According to media sources, pro-democracy protesters have publicly demonstrated against longstanding president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has held …

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by Peter Snyder

If Scotland became independent it would have to reapply for European Union (EU) membership, according to a report released Monday by the HM Treasury, the UK's economic and finance ministry. A referendum on Scottish independence is scheduled for fall 2014. The possibility of secession has raised concern over the relationship between …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) on Friday released a report urging greater efforts to end forced labor. The ILO estimates that 21 million people are subject to forced labor, which often includes human trafficking for labor exploitation. The report stressed the need for more stringent action to prevent abuses, identify victims and prosecute perpetrators. …

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by Sarah Posner

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that the private sale of medical marijuana is illegal. The court granted an injunction enjoining the defendants' business, Compassionate Apothecary (CA), from selling medical marijuana because such sales constitute a public nuisance. The CA is a privately owned medical marijuana dispensary that facilitates patient-to-patient transfer …

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by Dan Taglioli

An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai had ordered the two-week investigation into the country's prisons following the release …

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