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Legal news from Friday, May 10, 2013
by Daniel Mullen

Members of the Seleka rebel coalition, which ousted President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic (CAR) in March, committed atrocities against civilians, including pillage, summary execution, rape and torture, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. Daniel Bekele, Africa director at HRW, called on the Seleka …

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by Daniel Mullen

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called upon the international community on Friday to find a solution to the conflict in Syria and ensure that those responsible for human rights violations are held accountable. Pillay's urging came after a series of massacres were carried out against civilians, including young children, …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Minnesota House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 75-59, dividing mostly upon party lines. This bill moves Minnesota a step towards become the twelfth US state to legalize gay marriage. The bill will have to pass in the Senate before becoming law, but …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Argentine Senate approved a bill Wednesday intended to democratize the judiciary, but critics believe that the reform may leave judges vulnerable to political influence. Under the new bill members of the Council of Magistrates, the board that appoints federal judges, will be elected. The reform, although backed by President Cristina Fernandez [official profile, in …

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