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Legal news from Friday, January 11, 2013
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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Friday for a UN commission to examine human rights abuses in North Korea [press release]. The rights group stated that little has changed within the totalitarian government since Kim Jong-un [BBC profile] succeeded his father Kim Jong-il [BBC obituary] in leading the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted in an overwhelming majority on Friday to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile] and drafted an official motion [materials] imploring the president to remove her from office. According to the motion, the Chief Justice's actions have "plunged the entire Supreme Court [read more]

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[JURIST] The war crimes court [official website] of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday sentenced a former Bosnian Serb police officer to 20 years in prison for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. 42-year-old Bozidar Kuvelja was found to have been actively involved in [read more]

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[JURIST] Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan [official website] on Tuesday requested [press release] that the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] review a decision last month that struck down [JURIST report] Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, relying on [read more]

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[JURIST] An Austrian court convicted three neo-Nazis on Thursday of glorifying Nazism over the Internet, sentencing them to as many as nine years in prison. Neo-Nazi leader Gottfried Kuessel was sentenced [AP report] to nine years in prison for creating the Alpen-Donau website, which promotes Nazism. Kuessel spent time in [read more]

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