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15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling that permitted an Ohio law [2919.123 text] limiting the use of the "abortion pill." The law requires that the use of the pill, RU-486 [FDA guidelines], conform with federal [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Haiti Mariano Fernandez Amunategui on Wednesday called on Haiti to strengthen its rule of law institutions [press release] such as police and electoral council. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] noted in the report [materials] that the country is still subject to "setbacks linked to [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials] on Wednesday appealed his conviction and sentence from the International Criminal Court [official website]. Lubanga was convicted [JURIST report] in March for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday sentenced two prison guards and a prison director to life in prison for the torture and death of anti-government activist Engin Ceber while in police custody. With the life sentence, the court also sentenced nine other officials to prison terms of varying length. The [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday extended a stay [opinion, PDF] on a lower court order that barred enforcement of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. The Second Circuit's order allows certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website, in Ukrainian] on Tuesday praised [press release, in Ukrainian] the rejection of a proposed law that would have established harsh penalties for reporters who spread libel. The bill, which passed on its first reading, would have established fines and other punishments, including prison [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Hamas [CFR backgrounder] criminal justice system is rife with human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. The report, entitled "Abusive System: Criminal Justice in Gaza," claims that under Hamas rule, people in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] are subject to numerous rights [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Malaysian court on Tuesday awarded damages to a group of five opposition politicians and activists who were unlawfully detained pursuant to the country's controversial Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA) [text, PDF], which permits indefinite detention without trial for terror suspects, dissidents and political opponents. Three politicians and [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] announced Tuesday that the state's voter identification law will not take effect [press release] before the November 6 election. The new legislation [HB 921 materials], which would require voters to show photo ID to vote in any election in the state, must [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Ukrainian parliament, on Tuesday approved [press release, in Ukrainian] a draft law [bill 8711 materials, in Ukrainian] that would ban pro-gay "propaganda" in Ukraine. The bill, roughly translated as the "the law on the protection of children's rights to safe information space" would [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Tuesday. In US v. Bormes [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments to determine whether the federal government has sovereign immunity for damages arising from the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) [text, [read more]

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