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Legal news from Monday, February 8, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Syrian government is systematically exterminating detainees, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Monday. The report details that thousands of detainees held by the Syrian government have been beaten or have died as a result of injuries sustained due to torture. Many other detainees have reportedly perished as …

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by Matthew Santiago

Maldives police arrested a judge and former prosecutor general on Sunday for issuing an arrest warrant for current president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom without police consent. Yameen's spokesman identified the arrested men as Judge Ahmed Nihan, a magistrate from near Male, and Muhthaz Muhsin, a prosecutor general removed by parliament last year. Nihan issued the …

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by Taylor Isaac

The international Venice Commission, a branch of the Council of Europe, began an investigation Monday into Poland's recent changes to its Constitutional Court. The review was requested by Polish officials after the change in law in December resulted in street protests and international criticism. Although the Council of Europe, and …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Algerian Parliament on Sunday approved a package of constitutional reforms by a vote of 499-2, with 16 abstentions. The reforms include a two-term limit for the office of the president and recognition of the Amazigh language as an official language in Algeria. Amazigh is spoken by the nation's indigenous Berber population. While Amazigh was recognized …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Amnesty International (AI) warned Monday that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is insufficiently equipped to handle dangers of instability and deadly violence to civilians in Central African Republic (CAR). AI's investigative report describes how major gaps in personnel and equipment led to the UN peacekeepers' failure …

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