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14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the Ugandan Constitutional Court [official website] ruled unanimously Wednesday that a law criminalizing sedition violates the guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press under the Ugandan Constitution [text, PDF]. The law made it a crime to say or publish statements that promoted hatred, contempt [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday criticized [report, PDF; press release] methods used by the government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] in counter-terror operations as violations of human rights. In a report, "Yemen: Cracking Down Under Pressure," the rights group accused the government of perpetrating numerous human right [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday defended the execution of four men convicted on Saturday of attempting to assassinate President Teodoro Obiang during a 2009 attack on the presidential palace. Jose Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu and Jacinto Micha Obiang were executed immediately after being convicted by a [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [DOJ] [official website] announced Tuesday that it will appeal a preliminary injunction [JURIST report] issued earlier this week blocking federal funding for embryonic stem cell [JURIST news archive] research. The DOJ will seek to appeal the suspension and also to stay the suspension while [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Capital punishment advocates in Switzerland on Wednesday unexpectedly withdrew [advocacy website, in German] from their campaign to reinstate the death penalty [JURIST news archive] only one day after the Federal Chancellery [official website, in German] allowed them to begin collecting signatures [JURIST report] in support of a referendum [text, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Kaing Guek Eav [case materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed a notice of an appeal [text, PDF] of his conviction by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. Last month, the trial chamber of the ECCC [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A gay couple has filed suit [Justia docket] in the US District Court for the District of Wyoming [official website] challenging the state's law defining marriage [20-1-101 text] as only existing between a man and a woman. The suit was filed earlier this month by David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Austria's conservative Freedom Party [official website, in German] on Monday called for a special vote [press release, in German] on whether to ban face veils and the construction of minarets, two of the most visible symbols of the Islamic faith. Specifically, the referendum would ask Viennese citizens to decide [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Police [official website] on Monday recommended that former prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] stand trial for his alleged involvement in the Holyland bribery scandal that occurred during his time as mayor of Jerusalem. A investigation was commenced [JURIST report] in April to probe [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia [official website] on Tuesday denied [order part 1, PDF; part 2, PDF] the habeas corpus petition of Troy Anthony Davis [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], convicted and sentenced to death for murdering an off-duty Savannah, Georgia, police officer. After [read more]

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