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Legal news from Thursday, December 23, 2010
by Sarah Posner

The Kenyan Parliament on Wednesday approved a motion to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The vote comes a week after ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo presented cases against six individuals for crimes committed during Kenya's 2007 post-election violence. Although the vote is non-binding, it …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning recent post-election violence in the Ivory Coast that has resulted in more than 170 deaths. Alassane Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo in a November 28 runoff election, but Gbagbo has refused to concede victory, and his supporters have been engaging in …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity during Argentina's "Dirty War". The Federal Court of Cordoba found Videla guilty of human rights violations when he served as military chief of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A French judge has charged Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) leader Callixte Mbarushimana, according to reports Wednesday. Examining magistrate Rene Cros charged Mbarushimana with war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The charges come in response to a lawsuit filed by victims' …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 4-4-1 Wednesday that various sections of the national law regulating the use of human embryos and other aspects of reproduction fall outside the scope of Parliament's legislative authority. In its advisory opinion, the divided court held that the power to regulate the clinics and doctors conducting …

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