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Legal news from Monday, February 25, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Friday that permits to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. The case involved a Washington state resident who filed a lawsuit against Denver and Colorado's Department of Public Safety. He was denied a concealed weapons permit since he …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday reiterated his call for global support against the use of death penalty. The message was delivered by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang in an event organized by the International Commission against Death Penalty. Ban stressed that death penalty should be abolished because …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday urged that the international community must continue to prevent human rights abuses and hold perpetrators accountable. Speaking at the opening of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Pillay specifically mentioned the ongoing situations in Rwanda, …

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by Peter Snyder

Trial began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana between individuals affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and British Petroleum (BP). The other corporations involved are the rig owner Transocean Ltd. and well cement services provider Halliburton Co.. The parties bringing suit …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court on Monday upheld the sentences of 10 Somali pirates convicted of highjacking a UAE-owned bulk-carrier ship. In April 2011, the men reportedly commandeered the MV Arrilah-1 as it hauled aluminum in the Arabian Sea en route to Dubai from Australia. The pirates allegedly used small-arms and explosives to lay siege to …

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by Dan Taglioli

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III on Monday signed legislation to compensate the victims of human rights abuses committed 27 years ago under the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 will allocate 10 billion pesos (USD $246 million) in reparations for approximately 10,000 …

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by Sarah Posner

UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul said Sunday that lawyers and judges in the Maldives are not adequately independent from outside influence. The special rapporteur pointed to the power struggle between parliament, the government and the judiciary, as having a negative impact on the rule of law. …

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