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Legal news from Tuesday, May 8, 2012
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court agreed on Monday to hear the case brought by dissident artist Ai Weiwei [BBC profile]. Ai challenged the government's imposition of 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) tax evasion penalty on Fake Cultural Development Ltd. which helps him to produce and market his works. He was [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A South African court on Tuesday ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations committed under Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The allegations include torture and other crimes committed in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 elections, and the investigation will address complaints [BBC report] [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro [official profile] said Monday that five years after the passage of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [text, PDF], the international community needs to do more to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples are protected [statement]. In her remarks [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday reduced the sentence [judgment, PDF; press release] of Aloys Ntabakuze [ICTR materials], a former Rwandan army officer convicted of genocide and related crimes, and affirmed the sentences of two others. Ntabakuze's sentence was reduced from life in prison [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Moroccan judges signed a petition [AP report] on Monday that urges judicial independence from Morocco's monarchy and parliament. The petition, circulated by the 1,800 member Morocco judges' club, particularly emphasizes the need for prosecutors to be able to operate without influence by the executive branch. Although [read more]

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