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Legal news from Friday, May 3, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) has indicted Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a Bangladesh-born UK Muslim leader, for crimes against humanity and genocide including his alleged role in the murder of top intellectuals during the country's 1971 liberation war. Mueen-Uddin is alleged to have been a member of the Islamic militant group Al-Badr, which identified and …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights ended a 10-day mission to the US on Wednesday after exploring practices, challenges and lessons relating to the country's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In a statement following the visit, Working Group members noted that federal …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Chaudhry Zulfikar, chief prosecutor in the criminal case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday. Zulfikar had been due to appear at the High Court in Rawalpindi for a hearing in Musharraf's case on charges of involvement in the assassination of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill was signed shortly after the House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 56 to 15 earlier that day, finally passing the legislation that was first introduced in Rhode Island …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index to coincide with World Press Freedom Day. Along with ranking countries on respect for media freedom, RSF …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder has warned Kansas that a recently enacted law intended to block enforcement of federal gun regulations is unconstitutional, according to a letter released Thursday. According to Holder, SB 102, also known as the "Second Amendment Protection Act," "directly conflicts with federal law, and is therefore unconstitutional." The law prohibits …

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