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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] issued a statement [text; press release] Saturday commending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for its mediation efforts in South Sudan, which resulted in a ceasefire last week. IGAD released a communique [text; PDF] on Friday condemning the escalating violence and calling "on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) [official website], China's top legislature, passed a resolution Saturday abolishing the country's penal labor system. The "re-education through labor" system was put in place [AP report] during the 1950's and has allowed the Chinese police to send anyone to prison … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Saturday urged [press release] the Egyptian government to reverse its decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood [party website, JURIST news archive] as a terrorist organization, calling the label politically driven. The declaration [JURIST report], made by the country's interim government on Wednesday, … [read more]

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