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Legal news from Tuesday, February 3, 2015
by Addison Morris

Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi. The law was passed in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) to ban anyone who worked from Gaddafi, including Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan [official …

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by Addison Morris

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that, after two years of litigation, Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Monday reached an agreement to settle a series of lawsuits for $1.375 billion. The lawsuits accuse the credit rating firm of defrauding investors and sending out inaccurate ratings …

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by Bradley McAllister

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the methodology used by British courts to determine whether to mitigate whole-life sentences does not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars inhuman and degrading treatment. Arthur Hutchinson was seeking a judgment on an unsuccessful appeal of his whole-life sentence …

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by Bradley McAllister

Myanmar's legislature, the Assembly of the Union, passed a new law on Monday granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum later in 2015. The law will enfranchise approximately 1.5 million temporary citizens, known as white card holders because of the temporary ID they are issued. Lawmakers passed the legislation …

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by Alexandra Farone

William Schabas, leader of a three-member UN committee investigating possible war crimes committed in Gaza last summer, resigned Monday after Israelis accused him of bias due to his previous work as a consultant for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Schabas claimed that the opinion he wrote for the PLO was no different than any legal …

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by Laura DeGeer

Iraq's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft law creating a national guard in a step toward achieving national unity. The Cabinet also approved a draft law reforming a previous ban on former Baath Party members becoming part of the government. This second draft law proved challenging to pass as Sunni ministers boycotted the reform. However, the rest of the …

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by Laura DeGeer

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday called for both sides of the Ukraine conflict to halt "the dangerous escalation in the fighting" in response to the human rights "situation in the east of the country." The death toll now exceeds 5,358, and Zeid said that many public placed have …

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by Alexandra Farone

The International Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against one another's citizens during the 1990s wars that erupted after the division of Yugoslavia. Croatia had accused Serbia of committing genocide against native and ethic Croats, and in a counter-claim Serbia accused Croatia of committing genocide against Serbs living …

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by Jacqueline Jones

A Syrian rebel fighter was charged in Sweden Monday with war crimes for abusing a member of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. The assault on the representative of Assad's forces was not only carried out by this individual but also by other members of the Free Syrian Army. The suspect was indicted in Södertörn District Court [official …

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