Legal news from Monday, February 6, 2012

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed an executive order [text] on Monday imposing strict sanctions on Iran as part of an effort to enforce a bill he signed into law in December 2011. The bill, National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA) [SB 1867, PDF], allows for sanctions … [read more]

[JURIST] Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile] was granted bail Monday by a Special Immigration Appeals Commission [official website] in the UK. He made his application for bail after winning an appeal [JURIST report] in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to avoid deportation to his … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged Israel [press release] to change its policies that forbid Palestinians from traveling through and living in Gaza and the West Bank. The report [text, PDF] describes the policy that causes separation within Palestinian families since some are trapped inside Israel … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that the state's assisted suicide [JURIST news archive] law [§16-5-5 text] violated the First Amendment [text] right to free speech, essentially ruling in favor of four members of Final Exit [advocacy website] charged in 2009. Defendants Ted … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN ambassador on Sunday urged the government in Myanmar to continue its ongoing reforms [statement] in areas such as judicial independence and human rights protections. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official profile], who spoke to reporters at the end of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] voiced concern [press release; report] last week over security interests overriding the right of individuals to be free from arbitrary detention in El Salvador. The UN Working Group also criticized the overcrowding in police and prison facilities in Central America. … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian investigative judges on Sunday referred to a criminal court in Cairo the cases of 43 individuals working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advocate democracy in the country. The suspects, including 19 Americans, other foreigners and Egyptians, have been charged with promoting democracy in Egypt [Egypt Independent report] without … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial against 41 Libyans accused of assisting Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in suppressing the revolt during the Libya conflict [JURIST backgrounder] was postponed Sunday after a brief start, according to the Libyan news agency LANA. The men face charges [Tripoli Post report] of murder and … [read more]

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