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15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court's decision confirming that Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Musa'ab Omar al-Madhwani is lawfully detained for being part of al Qaeda. Madhwani challenged the denial of 2004 petition for writ [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] a campaign finance law which bans corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, citing the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United [opinion; JURIST report]. Judge James Cacheris [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] called for the Yemeni government on Friday to crack down on deadly violence, expressing fear that the violence will push the country into a civil war [press briefing]. The OHCHR's concerns follow escalated violence that has [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Martin Scheinin [official profile] called on the Transitional Government of Tunisia Thursday to reform the counter-terrorism [press release] law to comply with international human rights law. Scheinin, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, called for accountability [full statement] for "human rights violations [read more]

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