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Legal news from Saturday, March 10, 2012
11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An independent UN expert announced [press release] on Friday that proposed changes to a Swiss law that imposes heavy fines for people who protest without prior governmental authorization would "unduly restrict the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression." Maina Kiai [official profile], the UN Special Rapporteur on [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Wisconsin circuit court judge will rule on Monday whether to issue a permanent injunction to block Wisconsin's voter identification law, Wisconsin Act 23 [text, PDF]. Dane County Circuit Court [official website] Judge Richard Niess's ruling will come on the heels of another judge's issuance of a temporary injunction [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention facility agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official profile; JURIST news archive] announced Saturday. The detainees, who are associated with the Taliban [CFR backgrounder] and have been held at the prison for over [read more]

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