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[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Marzuki Darusman criticized North Korea's human rights record on Friday, especially concerning treatment of prisoners, echoing a UN General Assembly [official website] resolution [text] earlier this week. After speaking to North Korean refugees in South Korea, Darusman said he was [read more]

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[JURIST] An Italian high court Thursday rejected an application by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to prevent testimony being heard at his corruption trial. Berlusconi had applied for but was denied an interim injunction [Guardian report] preventing David Mills [JURIST news archive], his former tax [read more]

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[JURIST] A Tunisian criminal court Friday convicted a nephew of the wife of Tunisia's ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], immediately pronouncing an 18-year prison sentence for writing over USD $399 million in bad checks. Imed Trabelsi, viewed as the favorite nephew of [read more]

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[JURIST] A Belarus court convicted [press release] human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the president of Viasana and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy websites], of tax evasion on Thursday, sentencing him to a four-and-a-half-year prison term. Viasna is a non-governmental human rights organization in Belarus that [read more]

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