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Legal news from Thursday, March 3, 2011

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Thursday jailed an estimated 10 individuals, including several journalists, allegedly involved with aiding the Ergenekon coup plot [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], amid continued foreign concerns for the treatment of journalists within the country. The arrests were carried out in conjunction with police raids in Ankara … [read more]

[JURIST] Muslim student Yasir Afifi and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against the FBI [official website] on Wednesday after Afifi discovered a global positioning system (GPS) device on the undercarriage of his car. The suit, filed in the US District … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] announced Thursday that he will investigate allegations of crimes against humanity [BBC video] by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his inner circle. According to Moreno-Ocampo, "the office of the prosecutor decided to open an … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the assassination of Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti and expressed her opposition to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. Bhatti, a member of Pakistan's Christian minority and outspoken critic of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK government on Tuesday commenced legal measures to overturn [written answers] a controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruling [JURIST report] that declared the UK's ban on prisoner voting rights unlawful. The government requested that the ECHR decision [press release, PDF] in Greens and MT … [read more]

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