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Legal news from Monday, February 1, 2016
by Matthew Santiago

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein stated on Monday that Syrian factions should not offer amnesty for any committed war crimes as opposing sides meet in Geneva to discuss a possible end to the country's ongoing civil war. Hussein stated to the press that war crimes are crimes against humanity and referenced the …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) began its review the San Francisco police department on Monday. The review was initiated in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was released, hundreds of protestors gathered last week …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday condemned the reinstatement of Nigeria's senior military general, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who is alleged to have actively participated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees at the Giwa barracks detention center in March 2014. The major general was said to be in charge of the 7 Division and was …

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by Taylor Isaac

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged Turkey to investigate the shooting of unarmed civilians. The incident in Cizre, a city in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey, occurred on January 20 and involved security officials shooting at members of the opposition Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Hangzhou Christian Council on Friday announced that a prominent Chinese Pastor is under investigation for corruption involving the embezzlement of state funds. The pastor, Gu Yuese, is the leader of the Chongyi Church of Zhejiang. The Chongyi Church is the largest Protestant church in the Chinese speaking world with approximately 10,000 followers. There are limited details …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Sunday for Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgents to stop illegally confiscating aid to people in the besieged of Taiz. HRW claims that rebels have confiscated items including food, water, cooking gas and medical supplies. HRW Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Joe Stork stated that, "eizing property from civilians …

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