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Legal news from Monday, March 11, 2013
by Sung Un Kim

A UN independent expert on Monday urged Myanmar to address shortcomings in reforming its human rights situation. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana warned the country of the possibility that the current reformation process may be endangered by leaving areas of importance untouched, especially related to the …

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by Sung Un Kim

A court in Bahrain on Monday acquitted human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda on charges of spreading false news to harm the country's security on Twitter. The human rights activist informed Reuters that after he spent a month in jail, the court finally overturned the charges against him. Al-Muhafda, the acting deputy head …

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by Addison Morris

Prosecutors for the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Monday that they are dropping the crimes against humanity charges against former Kenyan cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura after encountering various issues with evidence and witness testimony. Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda cited three primary reasons for the withdrawal of charges. Bensouda explained …

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by Addison Morris

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Monday to investigate claims of torture and ill-treatment made by many of the 94 defendants in a trial on state security charges. While several of the defendants have raised allegations of ill-treatment, including prolonged solitary confinement, judicial authorities have yet to investigate these …

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