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ICC leads calls for DR Congo to arrest Sudan's Bashir

The International Criminal Court led calls Wednesday for the government of Democratic Republic of Congo to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur. The Hague-based ICC said Kinshasa must meet its obligations to arrest Bashir "immediately" and hand him over to the tribunal, a call echoed by international and local rights groups. "The Democratic Republic of Congo should not shield President Omar al-Bashir from international justice," Amnesty International said on its Twitter feed.

Spain parliament moves to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Spain's parliament took the first steps Tuesday to reduce the courts' power to investigate cases of human rights abuses committed abroad, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. Lawmakers agreed to debate and vote on a bill introduced last month by Spain's conservative Popular Party, which has a comfortable majority in the assembly. If passed, it would limit the use of "universal jurisdiction", which allows judges to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

China bristling, Spain seeks to curb its judges' international rights clout

By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's parliament voted on Tuesday to fast-track a law limiting judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.

Spain parliament moves to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Spain's parliament took the first steps Tuesday to reduce the power of the country's courts to probe human rights cases around the world, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. Spain's conservative Popular Party tabled a draft law last month that will limit the use of "universal jurisdiction", which allows judges to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries.

China bristling, Spain seeks to curb its judges' international rights clout

By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's ruling party sought on Tuesday to limit judges' ability to go after alleged human rights abusers around the world, a day after Spanish arrest orders were issued for former Chinese officials accused of genocide in Tibet. China protested against the orders, called on Spain to drop the issue and issued a veiled threat about bilateral ties.

Spain seeks arrest of former Chinese president over Tibet

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Monday sought the arrest of China's former president and premier over accusations of genocide in Tibet in an 8-year-old case that has drawn a rebuke from China. High Court Judge Ismael Moreno asked Interpol to issue orders for the detention of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, ex-premier Li Peng and three other officials for questioning on charges brought by Tibetan rights groups in Spain.

Spain judge orders arrest of former China president Jiang Zemin

A Spanish judge on Monday sought international arrest warrants for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and four other top Chinese officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide in Tibet. High Court Judge Ismael Moreno ordered Interpol to issue the arrest warrants for the five for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity as part of a case brought against them in Spain by human rights groups.

Spain orders arrest of former Chinese president, others over Tibet

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno on Monday sought international arrest orders for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, ex-Prime Minister Li Peng and others on allegations of genocide in Tibet. The case against the former Chinese leaders was brought by human rights groups under Spain's recognition of universal jurisdiction - the principle that crimes against humanity can be prosecuted across borders.

U.S. Embassy raps NHK board member's remark on tribunal after WWII

A spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo criticized Saturday a recent remark by a member of Japanese public broadcaster NHK's decision-making body questioning the military tribunal held following the end of World War II, calling it "preposterous." "We hope that people in positions of responsibility in Japan and elsewhere would seek to avoid comments that inflame tensions in the region," the official in charge of press at the embassy told Kyodo News, adding the view is the consensus of the U.S. government.

Key changes proposed for Canada's Citizenship Act

TORONTO - The Conservative government has proposed a significant revamp of Canada's Citizenship Act. Here are some of the key changes that were announced Thursday. — Residency: Permanent residents would have to maintain a "physical presence" in Canada for four years within six years before applying for citizenship. That would include spending a minimum of 183 days in the country per year in four out of six years. Currently, immigrants need to reside in Canada for three out of four years.
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