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Legal news from Sunday, February 2, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

A former Bangladeshi minister from the Jatiya party was indicted by a Dhaka tribunal on Sunday for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. Syed Mohammad Qaisar, the former state minister for agriculture during the military rule of General HM Ershad, was arrested last May. Qaisar, 73, is accused …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

An Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted an Al Jazeera television cameraman and 61 others accused of participating in demonstrations in Cairo last July. Cameraman Mohamed Badr was arrested during protests in Ramses Square in central Cairo against the army's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. Badr, who has been held since July, was …

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by Bradley McAllister

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ratified a new counterterrorism law that goes into effect Sunday in the Arab nation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who argue the law unduly restricts free speech. The law is composed of 41 articles, and it states that any act which undermines the state or society can be …

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by Bradley McAllister

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on Friday encouraged the UN and the international community to address the safety and security of South Sudan's internally displaced persons. The number of internally displaced persons in South Sudan has reached 640,000 since mid-December, and congestion at UN bases …

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