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Legal news from Tuesday, August 6, 2013

[JURIST] The US Embassy in Hanoi [official website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] a new Vietnam Internet decree that would effectively restrict online discussion of current affairs in the country. The decree requires all foreign websites to have at least one server in Vietnam, which would give greater content control … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday reduced the prison sentences of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] by two months. As a result of the ruling, Khodorkovsky should now be … [read more]

[JURIST] Several UN human rights experts Monday decried the human rights situation [press release] in the Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA factbook], stating that abuses of power are common and urging authorities to take immediate action to end violations. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof … [read more]

[JURIST] A proposed amnesty bill in Thailand could allow police to go unpunished for use of excessive force against civilians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] warned [press release] Monday. The bill, proposed by majority party member Worachai Hema, would excuse the behavior of all members of the military and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast Head of State granted bail [press release, in French] on Monday to 14 allies of former president Laurent Ggabo [personal website] in a publicized effort to reach peace. The Ggabo supporters were jailed in 2010 [JURIST news archive] for inciting violence after their party, the Popular … [read more]

[JURIST] Nine apparent ballistic missile attacks on populated areas have killed at least 215 civilians [press release], including 100 children, between February and July Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Monday. Ballistic missiles with large payloads of high-explosives have a wide-area destructive effect, making it impossible to isolate its … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] has reason to believe [press release] that, based upon the findings of a preliminary investigation, crimes against humanity have been committed in Nigeria by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder]. In a report issued … [read more]

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