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Legal news from Thursday, July 14, 2011
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Jailed Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz [Iran Press profile] on Wednesday urged [letter, DOC, in Persian] UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmad Shaheed to investigate prison conditions in Iran. Saharkhiz alleged that the treatment of both political and general prisoners in Iran amounts to crimes against humanity [RFE/RL report], [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Belgium's interim cabinet announced via the Belgian Official Journal [official website, in French and Dutch] Thursday that the nation will be officially banning the burqa [EurActiv report]. The Belgian House of Representatives [official website, in French] voted 136-0 to approve the law in April 2010 [JURIST report] and the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Thursday urged Kuwait to immediately release [press release] two men being detained for posting messages on the Internet criticizing Middle East rulers. HRW reported that in June authorities detained and investigated Nasser Abul [Twitter feed, in Arabic] for threatening state security using Twitter [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Front Line Defenders (FLD), Amnesty International (AI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) [advocacy websites] on Thursday released a joint statement urging the Russian government to investigate the murder [text] of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary]. Estemirova, who was kidnapped [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that secret service organizations cannot withhold evidence from opposing parties nor conduct closed trials. The appellants, secret service organizations including MI5 [official website], appealing a May 2010 ruling [JURIST report], requested the creation of a "closed material procedure," saying [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former hedge fund trader Danielle Chiesi on Wednesday agreed to pay USD $540,000 to settle a civil charge with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. Chiesi was accused of communicating non-public information about IBM Corporation, Advanced Microdevices (AMD) and Sun Microsystems (now Sun-Oracle) [corporate websites] in 2008 [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Wednesday blocked [opinion, PDF] a New York City ordinance requiring non-profit pregnancy centers to disclose whether they provide abortion [JURIST news archive] services or emergency contraception. The law [Local Law 17 § 20-816] requires facilities meeting [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] called on US agencies Wednesday to open an investigation into whether journalists working for the media company News Corporation (News Corp.) [media website] and its subsidiaries violated US laws by hacking into the mobile phones of 9/11 [JURIST [read more]

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