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Legal news from Friday, February 1, 2013
12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Friday urged [press release] Russian lawmakers to reject proposed legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Independent experts joined with UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, human rights defense, cultural rights and the right to health to caution [read more]

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[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] issued a new rule [text] on Friday detailing a broader exemption to the contraception mandate, allowing for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance coverage for birth control to opt out of the requirement. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A police officer in Bahrain has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment [BNA report, in Arabic] for fatally shooting a protester during pro-democracy protests that gripped country in February 2011, according to Bahrain's State News Agency (BNA). Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigation Unit Nawaf Abdullah Hamza told [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN top women's rights advocate on Friday denounced escalating violence against women in Egypt [statement]. Michelle Bachelet [official profile], the Executive Director of UN Women [advocacy website] expressed particular concern about a recent protest in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, in which 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] is seeking USD $130.4 million in donations to compensate for a budget shortfall that has been ongoing for three years, according to a recent statement [text] by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile]. [read more]

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[JURIST] The Arkansas Senate [official website] approved a bill [SB 134, PDF] by a vote of 26-8 on Thursday that would prohibit abortions after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as five weeks into the pregnancy. The bill, known as the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Thursday for an investigation into summary executions [press release] by Mali forces backed by the French. HRW alleges that the Malian government has summarily executed 13 suspected Islamist supporters and forcibly disappeared an additional five. The executions by Malian authorities came after [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected a request by Apple to ban sales of the Samsung [corporate websites] Galaxy Nexus smartphone based on allegations of willful patent infringements. The Federal Circuit rejected [Reuters report] Apple's request to have the entire court [read more]

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[JURIST] A military judge on Thursday ordered the removal of any monitoring system that censors the public broadcast of the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] military commission hearings. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] Colonel James Pohl noted that only he and the court security officer have the [read more]

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