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16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPA) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] Monday against Arizona state officials to enjoin enforcement of a new state law that would block funding for PPA's health clinics because PPA also performs abortions. The new [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments Monday on whether US courts could hear foreign nationals' challenges to their detention by the US military at Bagram Air Force Base (Bagram) [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan. District Judge John Bates [official profile] [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to respect international standards of due process [press release] during the appeal in the case of Floribert Chebeya, a Congolese human [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] An elderly New York woman petitioned the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday to hear her challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. Edith Schlain Windsor, 83, successfully sued the US government [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court judge in Pakistan ruled Tuesday that a report compiled by a nine-member judiciary committee, which includes statements of the witnesses in India, could not be used in cases related to the 2008 Mumai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] because defendants were denied their right [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] reported Monday that turnover from transnational organized criminal networks is estimated to be around $870 billion a year [press release]. With the statement, the UNODC launched its global awareness-raising campaign [official website] with the purpose of informing the public [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday urged member states to consider proposals [statement] to strengthen the world's human rights treaty body system. At an informal meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, Pillay said that the treaty body system represents "one of the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Romanian interim president Crin Antonescu [personal website, in Romanian] signed a law Monday requiring that at least 50 percent of the electorate turn out for the July 29 national referendum to decide whether suspended president Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] should be ousted from the presidency. Basescu was [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Omani court on Monday sentenced six human rights activists to between 12 and 18 months in prison for social media posts that were deemed to be slander against the country's ruler, a defense lawyer said on Tuesday. Badr al-Bahri announced that he will appeal the verdict [Reuters report] [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Hungary [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday ruled [press release, in Hungarian] that a new law lowering the mandatory retirement age for the country's judges is unconstitutional. The court held that the new law, which lowered the retirement age from 70 to 62 years resulting [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The next hearing for alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four codefendants was postponed on Monday to avoid a conflict with the last 10 days of Ramadan. The chief judge of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] war crimes tribunals granted the delay to [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian authorities on Monday announced plans to investigate into whether a former Nazi resides in the country's capital amid demands by various rights groups to prosecute the war criminal. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war criminals, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday approved [session minutes, in Russian] a bill [materials; in Russian] that enforces tougher restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive international funding as well as re-criminalizes the offenses of libel and slander. The bill requires any NGOs that receive [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles [official website] on Monday rejected [press release] a clemency bid by death row inmate Warren Hill who was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled. The board gave no insight [read more]

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