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Sri Lanka: Ban on Arms Deals Proposed

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Sri Lankan government has issued a special provision under the existing Emergency Regulations on Arms Trading. According to Basil Rajapaksa, a new Member of Parliament, the provision will eventually be enacted as law. The purpose is to prohibit any Sri Lankan from taking part in arms deals, whether within the country […]

Mali: Cabinet Abolishes Death Penalty

(Nov. 2, 2007) L'Essor, a government newspaper in Mali, reported on its Web site on October 18, 2007, that the Cabinet had passed a bill on the abolition of capital punishment, replacing it with life imprisonment. It had been a penalty that could be imposed under article 4 of the August 20, 2001, penal code. […]

Nigeria: Publisher Charged with Sedition

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, 2007, in southern Nigeria, the publisher of a private newspaper was arrested by officers reported by some to be agents of the State Security Service, even though the local authorities denied they were involved. On October 16, Jerome Imeime, publisher of a newspaper in the State of Akwa Ibom, […]

United Kingdom: Highest Court Reviews Terrorism Control Orders

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 31, 2007, the United Kingdom's highest court, the House of Lords, gave broad support to the controversial government control-order regime for terrorism suspects. At present, there are 14 individuals subject to such orders, but three can no longer be located. The court also created new rights for those accused of […]

International Criminal Court, the Central African Republic: Protocol Agreement

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 18, 2007, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) concluded an agreement on cooperation, including provisions on protection by the CAR government for court officials. The ICC staff members will be investigating whether war crimes have taken place in the CAR since 2002. The document was […]