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Legal news from Monday, November 5, 2012
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The military hearing for a US Army sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in March began on Monday and is expected to last the remainder of the week. Sgt. Robert Bales was originally charged with 17 counts of murder, including women and children, in a Kandahar village, but [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] and several other international human rights groups on Monday urged [press release] South Sudan to join the majority of UN members that have abolished the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. In particular, the groups recommended that the country abandon the punishment "in law or [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani released a statement [press release] though the Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations [official website] on Monday that any effort to undermine the military by creating a wedge between it and the Pakistani people would not be tolerated. The statement appears to [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website], a coalition of 164 human rights groups, released a statement [press release] on Monday criticizing the current draft of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website; JURIST news archive] Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) [text, PDF]. FIDH criticized the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Sunday reported that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan [official websites] has expelled a UN human rights investigator from the country. South Sudan reportedly ejected UN officer Sandra Beidas for allegedly writing false reports [Reuters report]. [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A body of UN independent experts submitted its report [text, PDF] to the General Assembly [official website] on Friday regarding specific groups of individuals whose human rights are put at risk by transnational business activities. The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers and citizens took to the streets of Colombo on Monday to protest the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST report], the chief justice and lone woman on the country's Supreme Court. The protesters waved placards and shouted slogans calling on the government to halt to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A moratorium [Malawi Today report] has been enacted on Malawi's laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality, Malawi Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara announced on Monday. According to him, the laws were suspended [Reuters report] to enable to the country consider permanently nullifying them. Section 153 and 156 [ILGA backgrounder, [read more]

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