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Legal news from Thursday, March 13, 2014
by Theresa Donovan

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing to accept products and information from them. He stated that the justification …

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by Theresa Donovan

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday rejected without comment an emergency application to block enforcement of an ordinance that effectively prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines by civilians in a California city. Section 9.44.050 of Sunnyvale Ordinance No. 3027-13 defines "large-capacity magazine" to mean "any detachable ammunition feeding device with …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The US Department of Defense on Wednesday announced the transfer of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria tried Belbacha in absentia in 2009, convicting him …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the UN Human Rights Committee to find that US electronic surveillance programs violate fundamental human rights. The US is due to appear before the committee on March 13 and 14 for a review of its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political …

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