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Legal news from Tuesday, September 17, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

FBI powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The report states that the FBI's excessive secrecy has limited oversight …

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by Cynthia Miley

Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said Monday that the vast majority of Syrian casualties are killed in unlawful conventional weapon attacks and called for an end to weapons being supplied to both Syria's government and rebels. Pinheiro stated that both the groups have caused civilian deaths and had …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), to death. This overturned a February ruling by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB), which sentenced Mollah to life in prison for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh …

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by Theresa Donovan

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission responsible for investigating potential human rights violations in North Korea on Tuesday reported widespread human rights abuses occurring in the country. The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established in March in response to a report …

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by Benjamin Minegar

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to strengthen humans rights efforts in preparation for presidential elections in April 2014 and the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in late 2014. Pillay characterized this period as a "critical juncture" with respect to the …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Philippine Justice Department on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009, three current senators and dozens of former lawmakers conspired with businesswoman Janet Lim …

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by Addison Morris

Egypt's state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) on Monday publicly condemned recent violent attacks against the nation's Coptic Christians. Islamist extremists are believed to be behind attacks such as the burning of churches and property owned by Christians, along with the displacement of Christian citizens. Coptic Christians comprise roughly 10 percent of the country's …

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by Addison Morris

Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required declaration of assets while she was in office. If found guilty, in accordance with the Bribery Act, Bandaranayake may face a fine …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated Monday that UN inspectors have confirmed that "chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale" in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, causing numerous civilian casualties in violation of international law. A report issued by chief weapons inspector Ake Sellstrom, and released by Ban …

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