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15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan genocide suspect and former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari has been arrested [press release] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] announced on Wednesday. Munyagishari was wanted on charges of genocide and several crimes against humanity for leading [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday a rebuked [text] Australia for its political, rather than human rights based approach to indigenous people and asylum-seekers. Although she criticized some of the nation's practices, she had considerable praise for "a strong history of commitment to [read more]

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[JURIST] The Brazil House of Deputies [official website, in Portuguese] passed reforms to the the country's forest code Tuesday that ease restrictions on deforestation and provide amnesty for prior deforestation violations. The amended code would allow [press release, in Portuguese] small farmers to cut down trees on hilltops and along [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday upheld an Ohio law [2919.123 text] that limits the use of the "abortion pill," overturning a 2006 injunction [JURIST report]. The law requires that the use of the pill, RU-486 [FDA guidelines], [read more]

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[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] announced Tuesday the state is filing a federal lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment over the legality of the state's controversial medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] law passed last November. Brewer said that it is necessary to see if the new law violates [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Mozambique [BBC profile] transportation minister Antonio Munguambe's sentence for embezzlement was reduced on Tuesday from 20 years in prison [JURIST report] to four years and five months. The Supreme Court of Mozambique upheld the verdict [Journal News report, in Portuguese] against Munguambe for his involvement in the embezzlement [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday initiated contempt proceedings against former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive], who is being tried for war crimes, for failing to remove confidential information from his website in violation of tribunal order. [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy websites] decried [statement] on Monday Iran's persecutions of lawyers, suggesting it is a move to repress dissent. They called for the immediate release of Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive], Mohammad Seyfzadeh, Maedeh Ghaderi and Ghasem Sholeh Saadi, whom [read more]

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[JURIST] The Ukraine Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) [official website, in Ukrainian] again charged former prime minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday in connection with alleged corruption during her time in office. She was charged under Article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine [text] [read more]

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