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Legal news from Friday, February 17, 2012
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] voted on Thursday to condemn Syria [JURIST news archive] through a non-binding resolution [press release]. The resolution supports a plan [text, PDF, in Arabic] advanced by the Arab League [official website] that aims to bring the situation in Syria to a close as [read more]

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[JURIST] The Canada Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed an appeal [opinion] from Catholic parents who hoped to exempt their children from attending religious courses as part of a mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture Program (ERCP) [official profile] in Quebec. The parents argued that the courses would teach their [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] demanded [press release] Thursday that China release Tibetan [BBC backgrounder] prisoners that were captured while travelling and are now being forced into political re-education camps. The exact number of those detained is not known, but it is thought to be several hundred. Those [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] called for Iran to prove its commitment to not seeking nuclear weapons after giving remarks [text] at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) [text, PDF] on Friday. The CTBT bans the testing of nuclear weapons internationally, but [read more]

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[JURIST] The New Jersey State Assembly voted 42-33 on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver [official website], who sponsored the bill, indicated [AP report] that she was proud the legislature was able to use the legislative process to represent all of the citizens of the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] is set to hear additional arguments on Friday in a case challenging a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling decriminalizing homosexual intercourse. Anti-gay activists argue that homosexual sex is banned under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code [text] which criminalizes unnatural "carnal intercourse." [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Carlos Perez, one of four El Universo [official website, in Spanish] managers convicted of libel [JURIST report] against Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile], was granted asylum by Panama on Thursday. El Universo is the second largest newspaper in Ecuador. Two of the four men, [read more]

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[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday sentenced [DOJ news release] Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. The 25-year old Nigerian national, who has been linked to al Qaeda, [read more]

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