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Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A UN envoy to Somalia on Saturday strongly condemned [statement] the terrorist attack on a village restaurant in Mogadishu that left 15 dead. Reports state [UN press release] that a car bomb exploded outside of a restaurant frequented by government workers and journalists. The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A top UN official specializing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday emphasized the need to address the issue of impunity [press release] for those involved in human rights violations over the past year. The DRC has seen an increase in violence in the last year … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent and the UN Special Rapporteur on racism on Tuesday called upon [press release] the US government to finalize its investigation into the case surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin [BBC profile]. The controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman sparked … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that Pakistan's anti-terrorism laws will be amended to more effectively combat the threat of terrorism. The statements come after increased violence in the city of Karachi. Sharif presided over security meetings discussing how to improve Pakistan's approach … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama said Saturday he would seek Congressional approval for military action in Syria when Congress reconvenes September 9. Obama said [BBC report] he has not made a final determination on the response but noted that a response could come in the near future. Speculation on the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UN rights experts marked the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances [UN backgrounder] on Friday by calling [press release; video] for the international community to do more to support families of the victims of enforced disappearances [JURIST news archive] as well as NGO's that are fighting for those … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of al Qaeda, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the US on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and unlawful use of firearms. Babafemi, who did not contest his extradition, is thought to … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Former Salvadoran Minister of Public Safety, Inocente Orlando Montano, was convicted of immigration fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by one year of probation. Montano is suspected [CJA case backgrounder] in connection with a conspiracy with other commanders to murder six priests and two … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism [official website] Ben Emmerson on Friday urged [press release] the Obama administration [official website] to provide more clarity on its counterterrorism policies. While Emmerson's office recently released a statement [text] strongly in favor of the new policies laid out in a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday urged [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to limit the scope of its review of the case challenging the president's power to temporarily fill vacancies in government offices. The government laid out its arguments limiting the scope of the case in the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] New Mexico Attorney General Gary King [official profile] said Thursday that New Mexico law does not necessarily allow same-sex marriages [press release]. The statement does not directly comment on the matter, as it was made in response to a pending lawsuit in New Mexico brought by a same-sex couple. … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] released a statement [text] on Thursday reenforcing the need for any new Egyptian draft law should respect human rights standards. The statement came as concern over increased convictions of international NGO personnel mounts. Ban reiterated the UN's commitment to helping the Egyptian government … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ordered [text] Wednesday that the two-pill variety of the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B [official website] be made immediately available to all individuals regardless of age. A one-pill version will continue to be subject to age restrictions … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted [Reuters report] to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] and the government of Japan on Monday came to an agreement [UNODC press release] to increase efforts to combat drug and human trafficking in Africa and Southeast Asia. The agreement was reached at the end of the Fifth Tokyo … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] case against Apple [corporate website] began in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday with an attorney for the department claiming that Apple's conspiring with publishers cost customers hundreds of millions of dollars. The … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] released a statement [text] on Saturday condemning the most recent violence in Syria, and expressing concern over how it has been affecting the civilian population. Ban called upon both parties to make greater efforts to avoid civilian casualties [UN News Centre report] and … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] has ruled that Google Inc. [corporate website] must follow the FBI's [official website] warrantless requests for user information through national security letters (NSLs) [CRS backgrounder]. The ruling, which was issued on May 20, was … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning [UN News Centre report] the most recent Syrian attacks in Al-Qusayr and calling for an end to the violence. In a speech on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] noted [statement] … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners filed a complaint [text; case materials] Thursday alleging search policies restrict the detainees' access to counsel. According to a new policy [Al Jazeera report], detainees are subject to a genital pat-down whenever they wish to leave the detention camp, which they must … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday published its annual report entitled State of the World's Human Rights [materials], which details the human rights landscape across the world in 2012. The report focuses on the increasing danger faced by those displaced from their homes. This includes international refugees displaced … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Several groups filed a lawsuit [complaint] Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a new Connecticut gun control law [GA Bill 1160, PDF]. The new law expanded the firearms banned as "assault weapons" under existing state law. It also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds. The complaint alleges these new requirement … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) [advocacy website] names President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Vice President William Ruto [JURIST report] as having contributed to human rights abuses that took place after the 2007 election. The report … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation [text, PDF; bill summary, PDF] Monday that legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the state. This bill makes Vermont the fourth state in the US to approve the practice. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (aka "Death with Dignity" bill), was … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A group of Colorado Country Sheriffs filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Saturday challenging two new gun control laws [HB 1224, PDF; HB 1229, PDF] passed earlier this year. The challenged laws, signed by Governor John Hickenlooper … [read more]

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