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16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Indian lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill to ensure that one-third of seats in parliament are reserved for women, marking International Women's Day [official website]. The Women's Reservations Bill [2008 text, PDF], introduced in the Rajya Sabha [official website], or Council of States, would increase the number of women [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Monday ordered the release of one of the last two US missionaries out of a group of 10 who were arrested on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] following the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. The judge announced last month that both missionaries would be released, [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed the trial [press release] of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials, JURIST news archive], originally set to begin April 27 [JURIST report], until July 5. The trial was delayed to allow the court more [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The top rights official at the Council of Europe [official website] on Monday rejected [press release] the notion of banning Muslim burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab garments. Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] noted in a written statement [text] marking International Women's Day [official website]: Those [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Spaniards gathered Sunday to protest recently approved changes [JURIST report] to Spain's abortion [JURIST news archive] laws. Protesters marched in cities across Spain to protest the new law [El Pais report, in Spanish], which will allow abortion up to 14 weeks in most cases. Organizers [advocacy website] [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) [official website, in Chinese] on Monday opened consideration of election reforms designed to afford equal representation to residents of rural and urban administrative areas. China's current electoral law provides more congressional representatives to residents of urban districts than residents of rural ones. The [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in three cases. In Snyder v. Phelps [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will take up the controversial issue of picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat. Reverend Fred Phelps and members [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist Le Thi Cong Nhan [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was released from prison on Saturday after serving a three-year sentence for allegedly spreading propaganda against the state. Although she has been released [AP report] from jail, she will now serve an additional three [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Bloate v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that time granted to prepare pretrial motions is not automatically excludable under the Speedy Trial Act [18 USC § 3161(h)(1) text]. The court held [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Federal Court ruled Monday that the 1998 removal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] as deputy prime minister was constitutional. Anwar had challenged his removal on the grounds that the removal was unconstitutional because then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who fired Anwar [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] in Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that attorneys are considered debt relief agencies under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) [text] when they provide qualifying [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Friday upheld the convictions of 15 police officers, prison guards, and medical staff found guilty [JURIST report] of abusing anti-globalization protesters taken into custody during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court also reversed the acquittals [JURIST report] [read more]

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