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Legal news from Sunday, February 18, 2007
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of civilians have been arrested for opposing the Republic of Guinea's government since President Lansana Conte [BBC profile] announced martial law last week, according to human rights groups Sunday. Martial law was imposed [JURIST report] after Guinea [JURIST news archive] was swept by protests and strikes in opposition [read more]

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[JURIST] Police in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare ignored a court order [Reuters report] and interfered with a political rally held by opposition group Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [official website] Sunday. According to an MDC spokesman, police arrested members of the audience and used tear gas to break up [read more]

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[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan [official profile; BBC profile] said Sunday that the US Congress would damage the American relationship with Turkey if it supports a resolution [text, PDF] recognizing the WWI-era killings [BBC backgrounder] of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Although the Bush administration has spoken out [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Saturday in a new report on Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] that respect for human rights in the Kingdom seemed to be improving but violations and abuses persisted. The report [text] detailed the existence of unfair trial, the detention of children and [read more]

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[JURIST] An appeal was filed Saturday in the case of five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST news archive] and one Palestinian doctor convicted and sentenced to death [JURIST report] by a Libyan court for knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus. Othman Bizanti, lawyer for the accused [read more]

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[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington [advocacy website] was sentenced to eight years in military prison [Camp Pendleton press release] Saturday for his role in the death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in April 2006. The original sentence of 14 [read more]

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