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Legal news from Sunday, February 10, 2013
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Sunday said that a proposal to amend its war crimes laws to allow the government to appeal for higher sentences will be placed before the cabinet on Monday. This amendment would allow either side to appeal against a conviction for reasons [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] on Sunday that Afghanistan needs to take steps to ensure that its laws protect victims of sexual abuse and do not result in their prosecution. HRW is calling for this reform following a recent court decision which convicted a 13-year-old [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged [press release] Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) [official website, in Persian] to stop detaining journalists and political opponents who criticize government officials. HRW stated that the Kurdistan Security Agency and Kurdistan police had arrested journalists and publishers of articles [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed shock and sadness [press release] on Friday concerning the brutal rape and murder [Reuters report] of 17-year-old Anene Booysen in South Africa. Pillay urged South Africa to take a stronger approach to prevent the ongoing sexual violence incidents [read more]

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