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Legal news from Friday, February 10, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Former Croatian military commander and senior interior minister Tomislav Mercep pleaded not guilty Friday for war crimes committed against Serbians during the 1990s conflict in the Balkans. The Municipal Court in Zagreb charged that he was aware of atrocities against civilians but prevented other officials from mitigating damages against them. Mercep has also …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch Director Daniel Bekele on Friday urged South Sudan to investigate attacks made on Murle villages in December and prosecute those responsible. In this organized attack, thousands of armed Lou Nuer villagers invaded the Murle villages, robbing and burning houses and killing thousands of people. South Sudan's …

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by Jerry Votava

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Friday reiterated its call for international action to protect civilians in Syria, calling for Syrian officials suspected of crimes against humanity to be tried before the International Criminal Court (ICC). High Commissioner Navi Pillay is now scheduled to address …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse placement to families if the agency, or anyone affiliated with it, disagrees with the proposed placement based on religious beliefs. Effectively, this bill would allow adoption agencies to refuse to adopt to same-sex couples. It has already been passed [JURIST …

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by Michael Haggerson

Ugandan MP David Bahati announced on Friday that clauses mandating the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality" would be dropped from the controversial bill that would criminalize homosexuality. The bill was reintroduced to the Parliament of Uganda on Tuesday in its original form, but Bahati stated that there were plans to remove certain provisions. Bahati said …

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by Matthew Pomy

Amerigo Incalcaterra, the regional representative for South America from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), expressed concern Tuesday over the violence in prisons in South America after the death of at least three prisoners in Uruguay, two in Argentina, two in Venezuela and one in Chile …

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by Michael Haggerson

James Connell, defense lawyer for suspected 9/11 conspirator Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday challenging an order for military officials to read all legal correspondence between the lawyers of the suspected 9/11 conspirators and their clients. Rear Adm. David Woods has …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 11-7 in favor of a bill that would allow televising of US Supreme Court proceedings. Currently, only few citizens can hear the proceedings in person, and audio recordings are released after the proceedings are over. However, the bill would not make televising …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday welcomed the new electoral law adopted by the National Transitional Council (NTC). The draft of the electoral law was finalized on Wednesday after the earlier version was revised to address criticisms of the public. …

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