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Legal news from Monday, February 17, 2014
by Cynthia Miley

Experts from the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice, along with several other special groups within the UN, urged Kenya on Monday to repeal sections of the Marriage and Property Act. According to the experts, the provisions effectively deny women the right to marital property upon divorce or death …

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by Addison Morris

Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. The prisoner was scheduled …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party in South Korea's National Assembly, was arrested in September on charges that he discussed strikes on South Korea's …

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by Taylor Gillan

Israeli rights groups on Sunday asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 2011 law that prevents Israelis from calling for a boycott of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, claiming that it violates the right to free speech. Although there is no precedent for it as of yet, the law makes a boycott call a civil issue …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Kutaisi City Court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to a five-year prison term for embezzling government funds and bribing voters. Prosecutors specifically alleged that Merabishvili used government money to employ his supporters in fictitious government roles in advance of his party's October 2012 parliamentary elections. The court also handed down a …

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by Taylor Gillan

UN human rights investigators on Monday released a 372-page report detailing widespread crimes against humanity in North Korea that they believe should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report, which is to be debated by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 17, includes excerpts …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal proceedings, which may have the effect of silencing victims of …

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