Legal news from Sunday, January 29, 2012

[JURIST] In response to international criticism the Libya Ministry of Justice announced on Sunday that it will be commandeering "makeshift prisons" around the country to prevent further prisoner torture. Deputy Minister Khalifa Ashour acknowledged that primarily loyalists to former dictator Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] have been tortured … [read more]

[JURIST] State media for Bahrain announced on Sunday that new measures will be taken against protesters [BNA report] in light of recent violence against police officers. Acting under the orders of Prime Minister and Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa [official profile], the Cabinet of Bahrain [official website, in Arabic] … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon [official profile] said in a statement [text] delivered Sunday to the African Union Summit that Africa must honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [text] by ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Many African nations still outlaw homosexuality. As of … [read more]

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