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Legal news from Sunday, December 29, 2013
by Peter Snyder

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement 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 on Friday condemning the escalating violence and calling "on all parties to refrain from steps that will inflame the …

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by Peter Snyder

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), 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 during the 1950's and has allowed the Chinese police to send anyone to prison for up to four years without a trial. The decision …

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by Taylor Gillan

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday urged the Egyptian government to reverse its decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, calling the label politically driven. The declaration, made by the country's interim government on Wednesday, makes the group subject to Article 86 of the Egyptian …

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