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Legal news from Friday, March 15, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

Tunisian lawmakers voted on Friday to establish a deadline for elections and an initial draft constitution. The draft constitution must be completed by the end of April and elections must be held by December. A spokesman for Mustafa Ben Jaafar, speaker of the constituent assembly, stated that the establishment of dates for the constitution and election "is …

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by Daniel Mullen

Judge Merrick Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling which allowed the CIA to refuse to confirm or deny whether it has records pertaining to the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. The case arises from a Freedom of Information …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned the executions of seven people in Saudi Arabia as a violation of international safeguards on the use of the death penalty. The men were executed by firing squad after convictions for theft, looting and armed robbery. The seven were arrested in …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson announced Thursday that the government of Pakistan considers US drone strikes to be "counter-productive, contrary to international law, and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The statement comes at the conclusion of Emmerson's three-day visit to Pakistan in connection with his ongoing inquiry …

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