Legal news from Sunday, March 15, 2009
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan opposition leader and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday defied a house arrest order to lead a march by opposition activists and members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] against President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (Tesev) [foundation website, in Turkish] issued a report [text, PDF, in Turkish] Saturday saying that despite recent attempts by the country to broaden property rights for religious minorities, it still falls short of requirements to join the European Union [accession website]. The [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile], empowered by his country's new constitution [PDF text, in Spanish], began redistributing land to indigenous farmers Saturday. In a ceremony on part of the land seized by the government from large owners, Morales turned over about 94,000 acres to Guarani Indians. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Rights activists in Kenya [JURIST news archive] have faced threats since the release in February of a UN report [text] accusing the government of widespread extrajudicial executions, prompting some to leave the country or go into hiding [AP report], according to AP Saturday. Western Kenya activists have reportedly been [read more]

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