Legal news from Saturday, January 7, 2012

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged Yemen to accept the international prohibition against granting amnesty for human rights violations [press release]. Yemen is currently considering passing legislation which would grant amnesty for a period during which human rights violations [OHCHR backgrounder] may … [read more]

[JURIST] An investigative commission in Afghanistan issued a statement on Saturday alleging the abuse of prisoners held by the US military at prisons in their country. The commission called for the transfer of all prisoners [AP report] held by the US military to Afghan custody. The detainees [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

[JURIST] The federal government filed a brief [text, PDF] on Friday before the US Supreme Court [official website] arguing that the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590; JURIST backgrounder], which requires almost every US citizen to obtain health insurance by 2014 or … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] and 12 other human rights groups issued a statement on Friday urging the government of Tunisia not to extradite former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], warning … [read more]

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