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Legal news from Tuesday, March 15, 2011

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday urged Turkish officials to respect journalists' freedom of expression [UN News Centre report]. The international concern increased after the Turkish government arrested nine journalists earlier this month based on accusations that … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] called for an independent investigation into post-election violence in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive] on Monday as part of a report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website]. The report indicated … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday that the Uzbekistan government has ordered the closure [press release] of the advocacy group's Uzbek office. HRW learned from the Uzbekistan Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on March 10 that, after maintaining a presence in the country for 15 years, … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraq's Justice Ministry announced Monday that it will close a Green Zone detention center because of alleged human rights violations. Justice spokesperson Haidar al-Saad said this decision was made after last month's investigation [AP report] into the prison's living conditions. The prison population in the detention facility known as … [read more]

[JURIST] Proponents of Proposition 8 [text; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, on Monday urged the Supreme Court of California [official website] to allow them to defend the measure [brief, PDF] when state officials refuse to do so. Last month, the court announced that it would decide the critical … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website] declared a three-month state of emergency [decree text, in Arabic] Tuesday in response to growing unrest in the island nation. The announcement of the martial law style system was made in state-run media and gives the military commander "authority to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a brief [text, PDF] with the Supreme Court [official website] Monday urging the court not to take a case challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] until a federal appeals court … [read more]

[JURIST] Seven Guatemalans filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Monday with the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) [official websites]. The suit was brought on behalf of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] sentenced five Somali pirates to life sentences on Monday for attacking the USS Nicholas [official website]. Maritime piracy [JURIST archive] carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison [AFP report]. The men received an additional 80 years … [read more]

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