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15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on discrimination against women [official website] on Thursday urged governments around the world to repeal laws that criminalize adultery [statement] and give rise to severe penalties which include flogging, death by stoning and hanging. While the working group conceded that "adultery may constitute a valid [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged world powers [press release] to work toward ending the violence in Syria. Pillay, who previously served as a UN war crimes judge, cited the possibility that both the Syrian Army and the Free Syrian Army have [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Kenya ruled Thursday that Kenyan courts have jurisdiction to try international piracy suspects. The court's decision overturns a 2010 ruling [JURIST report] which found that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters. The appellate court, composed of a five-judge panel, concluded that [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday struck down [opinion, PDF] Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text]. Section 3 defines "marriage" under federal law as a "legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Libyan government to hand over former military intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [JURIST news archive] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to face charges of crimes against humanity. Fearing there is little chance al-Senussi, a high-ranking member [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UK appeals court ruled [decision PDF] Thursday in favor of Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited in a design infringement case brought by Apple, Inc. [corporate websites]. The decision by the three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling [JURIST report] finding that three of Samsung's tablets did not infringe on [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Stephen Breyer on Wednesday entered a temporary stay [order, PDF] to a subpoena from the British government [case materials] seeking research materials from Boston College [academic website]. The British government is attempting to gain access to research done for the Belfast Project [materials] [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] passed a bill [text, PDF, in Spanish] on Wednesday by a vote of 17-14 that legalizes abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Although the bill declares [El Observador backgrounder, in Spanish] that the public health care system must allow any woman [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Northern Ireland High Court [official website] on Wednesday held [judgment] that a law permitting adoption only by heterosexual married couples or single individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, is unlawful. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) [advocacy website] challenged Articles 14 and 15 of the Adoption (Northern [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied a request [order, PDF] from Alabama state officials to reconsider its August ruling partially striking down [order, PDF] the state's immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. In September state officials petitioned [press release] the appeals court [read more]

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