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Legal news from Monday, January 28, 2013
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere [official website] on Monday urged [press release] the Spanish government at every level to increase its focus on addressing the racial intolerance within its borders. Ruteere noted that a successful campaign against racial discrimination and intolerance would only be achieved by "clear and more [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts on Friday urged Iran to stop the execution [press release] of five Ahwazi activists. UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed [official website] stated that the execution of Mohammad Ali Amouri, [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines House of Representatives and Senate [official websites] on Monday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the newly reconciled version of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 [text, PDF]. The Congress on Thursday approved the bill [JURIST report] allocating 10 billion pesos (USD [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday declared a state of emergency in an attempt to quell growing unrest and violent political protest in cities along the Suez Canal including Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. Clashes between Islamic and liberal factions have resulted in hundreds [read more]

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[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] signed a bill [SB 0957 text, PDF] on Sunday that will permit immigrants in the country illegally to obtain temporary driver's licenses if they can provide proof of one-year state residence and an unexpired passport from their country of citizenship or a valid [read more]

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[JURIST] Argentina signed an agreement with Iran on Sunday to create an independent Commission of Truth to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center. Argentinian courts have accused Iran of sponsoring the attack [Reuters report], which killed 85 people, and in 2007 Argentinian authorities secured Interpol [read more]

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[JURIST] Defense lawyers for the five accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators petitioned a US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Monday to preserve the prisons where the defendants were held as evidence. The defendants claim that they were tortured [Reuters report] during their time held in secret CIA [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday postponed the preliminary hearing for the posthumous trial of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky's defense lawyer was appointed by the court after his family and lawyers refused to attend the trial, claiming the charges against Magnitsky were politically motivated [Reuters report]. Magnitsky was jailed [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran on Sunday sentenced an American-Iranian pastor to eight years in prison for threatening national security through his leadership in Christian house churches. Saeed Abedini, 32, became a US citizen through marriage [Reuters report] in 2010 and has been traveling between [read more]

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