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13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] released a November 2012 report [text, PDF, in French] on Friday, stating [press brief] the crisis in Mali [CIA backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has led to human rights violations including rape, summary executions, and extra-judicial killings. [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the Second Court of Appeals of Milan [official website, in Italian] on Friday rejected a request by the lawyers of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berulsconi [BBC profiles, JURIST news archive] to suspend his appellate proceedings until after Italy's general elections in late February. Berlusconi was found [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday denied defense motions filed in both the 9/11 military commission trial and the 2000 USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bombing trial. Defense counsel for accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], filed a [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Friday over the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. In a statement, the official criticized the actions of the lawmakers against Bandaranayake, calling [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's campaign of shelling on the state of Kachin violates the laws of war [HRW press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday, the same day the government announced a ceasefire. President Thein Sein [BBC profile] ordered the ceasefire [BBC report] after the country's parliament unanimously passed [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Bahrain on Thursday released [AI press release] human rights activist Sayed Yousif Al-Muhafda [official Twitter] on bail pending trial for charges of spreading false news to harm security, according to Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. Al-Muhafda, the acting deputy head of the Bahrain Center for Human [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana [official website] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a union challenging Indiana's right-to-work law [text, PDF] on the grounds that the challenge could not succeed in federal court. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian lawyer and prominent human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] was temporarily released from prison on Thursday, after spending over two years in prison, her husband said. Sotoudeh left prison in Tehran for three days and was greeted Thursday by her husband and two children. Sotoudeh is [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] reached an agreement on Thursday on a new constitution. Details of the agreement have not yet been made public [BBC report]. Tsvangirai previously stated that the passage of [read more]

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