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Legal news from Thursday, March 24, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] adopted a resolution [text, pdf] on Thursday, appointing a Special Rapporteur to investigate human rights violations in Iran. The resolution was adopted [press release] by a vote of 22 in favor, 7 against and 14 abstentions. The Special Rapporteur is required … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official site, in Spanish] on Wednesday denied legal status to new political party, Sortu, in response to the government's concerns that its links to the Basque separatist group ETA [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive] had not been completely severed. ETA is an organization committed … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's interim government, the Cabinet of Ministers [official website] released a decree [text] on Wednesday that will impose prison sentences for strike actions and inciting protests. Although the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has yet to rule on the decree, many citizens were outraged and have planned a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Idaho Senate [official website] voted 24-10 on Wednesday to approve a bill [SB 1165, PDF] that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," similar to bills passed in Nebraska last year and approved in Oklahoma and Missouri [JURIST reports] last … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to lift the stay order prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban, is … [read more]

[JURIST] Specialist Jeremy Morlock [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of murder as part of a plot contrived with fellow soldiers to kill Afghan civilians. At the court-martial, held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website], Morlock also pleaded guilty [AP report] to one count each of assault, … [read more]

[JURIST] A commission of Arab and Egyptian human rights groups have accused former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] and the police of murdering protesters during the demonstrations in Egypt, according to a local newspaper [Al-Ahram report, in Arabic] on Wednesday. The joint commission has submitted their report to Egypt's … [read more]

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