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Legal news from Tuesday, April 10, 2012

[JURIST] A civil rights activist on Monday filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website] to challenge the state's "No Duty to Retreat" law [text, PDF], a piece of legislation that he believes is too vague and may lead to bias-based killings of … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday effectively suspended the work of the 100-member panel responsible for drafting the country's new constitution after ruling in favor of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the formation of the panel. The lawsuit was filed by a number of prominent Egyptian lawyers [Ahram … [read more]

[JURIST] The Malaysian parliament [official website] is considering a new law that would replace the Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA) [text, PDF; HRW backgrounder]. The new law, introduced [BBC report] on Tuesday, will significantly limit the time period for which a person can be detained by the police without … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized the government of Thailand [press release] for granting legal immunity to officials who allegedly violated human rights during an outbreak of political violence in 2010. In the press release, HRW claimed that the Thai government's "political reconciliation" proposals advance the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [group website] published a letter [text] Sunday intended for militia leaders in the Libyan town of Misrata, warning of possible criminal charges for orders which amount to "crimes against humanity." The group claims that, following the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, approximately 3,000 people from the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, to two years and eight months in prison on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was also sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges. Ni and her … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Tuesday that five terrorism suspects facing extradition from the UK to the US will not face inhumane prison conditions [judgment text] in the US. The court held that British citizens Syed Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad [advocacy website; BBC profile], … [read more]

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