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Legal news from Thursday, September 5, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday indicted fundamentalist leader Mir Quasem Ali, on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war. Ali, a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) central executive committee, was indicted on 14 charges, including murder, abduction and torture. He is also charged with …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Kenya's National Assembly on Thursday approved a motion to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move is in response to the upcoming trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, who are accused of crimes against humanity and inciting violence after contested elections in 2007. Ruto is set to …

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by Samuel Franklin

The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) released a report on Thursday detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, a facility that detains non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control since March. According to the JPP, many of these detainees are being held indefinitely …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) on Wednesday announced an end to its policy of segregating HIV-positive inmates at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. As of August 1, eight HIV-positive female inmates were transferred [AL.com report] to the general prison population, with similar changes to the male inmate population to go into effect in 2014. The ADOC …

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by Theresa Donovan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday that the refusal by the government of Cambodia to pay staff at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), is an attempt to undermine efforts to bring former Khmer Rouge leaders to justice. The agreement between the UN and the …

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by Lauren Laing

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday called on governments to create human rights-based polices addressing migration. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, there are currently more than 215 million migrants around the world, but this enormous group remains largely invisible. Pillay said, "ur starting point …

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by Lauren Laing

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that it will no longer enforce a federal law that denies same-sex spouses veterans benefits. In a letter, Attorney General Eric Holder informed Congress that the DOJ will not enforce the provision of Title 38 defining a spouse as a person of the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a joint resolution authorizing the limited use of force against Syria. In a 10-7 vote, the committee reasoned that Syria was in violation of international law, such as the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions and the Protocol to the Hague Convention on the Prohibition of …

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by Sung Un Kim

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning on Tuesday filed for a presidential pardon of her 35-year sentence. In the cover letter of the pardon request, Manning's lawyer argued that his client disclosed sensitive information neither to harm the US nor for monetary gain. The lawyer further claimed that most of the released information was unclassified. …

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by G. Redd

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the League of Defense of Human Rights in Iraq on Thursday called on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) to investigate the deaths of more than 50 refugees discovered on Tuesday by UN officials in Camp Ahraf in the Diyala province. A UNAMI …

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