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Legal news from Tuesday, September 29, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

Former Congolese vice president Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of interfering with the administration of justice. Bemba is accused of paying witnesses and coaching them to give false testimony in his war crimes trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC). If convicted, he faces a maximum …

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by Taylor Gillan

Prosecutors in China on Tuesday announced that they will be investigating former China Supreme Court justice Xi Xiaoming on corruption charges. The former vice president of the Supreme People's Court has already been fired from all of the public positions he held and has had his membership in the ruling Communist Party revoked. The Central Commission for …

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by Emelina Perez

Twelve UN agencies published a joint statement on Tuesday urging states to end violence and discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. Abuses toward the LGBTI population are human rights abuses impacting society as a whole, the UN agencies said. The agencies are encouraging nations around the world to help prevent violence by urging …

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by Jacqueline Jones

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday asked parties involved in the Taliban attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, to do everything in their power to protect civilians form harm. He expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation and urged "all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international …

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by Taylor Gillan

The EU has not done enough to address media abuses in Hungary, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a report Tuesday. The international free press advocacy group stated in its report "Balancing Act" that, despite the EU's efforts to be a global leader in press freedom, it continues to face challenges from some member …

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by William Helbling

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said Monday that the global drug problem has become a significant human rights issue around the world. In a panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council, Flavia Pasieri said, "It is clear that the world's drug problem impacts the enjoyment of a wide range of human …

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by William Helbling

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labor Minister Saqr Ghobash on Tuesday announced new labor reforms to provide increased oversight on the thousands of employment agreements conducted with temporary migrant workers. Ghobash told reporters that the new reforms will be rolled out in three government decrees that will take effect on January 1. The goal …

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by Steven Wildberger

Nigerian authorities on Saturday turned over to the International Criminal Court an Islamic extremist wanted for his role in the 2012 destruction of religious and historically significant monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, also known as Abu Tourab, was surrendered to the ICC's detention center in the Netherlands, fulfilling an arrest warrant issued …

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by Steven Wildberger

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to multi-year jail sentences for their roles in a series of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008 and 2009. Leading the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Ignace Murwanashyaka and his deputy Straton Musoni were accused of …

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