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Legal news from Monday, April 23, 2012

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Monday issued an executive order [text] that will allow the US to impose sanctions on foreign nationals who have used technology to participate in violation of human rights. Obama signed the order after he indicated that Iran and Syria's governments have committed … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) [advocacy websites] on Monday urged Nepal to reject blanket amnesty [press release] plans for international crimes committed during the country's civil war, which ended in 2006. A representative for ICJ said amnesty for human rights abuses, such as … [read more]

[JURIST] A special court in Iceland on Monday convicted former prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] on one out of the four criminal charges he faced concerning the collapse [JURIST news archive] of the country's banking system in 2008, announcing that he would not face any punishment. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Cassation on Monday delayed an appeal hearing for human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who is serving a life sentence for terrorism-related charges. The court was to issue a decision Monday but set the appeal hearing for April 30 [AP report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order [press release] in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder]. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously approved a resolution [press release] Saturday to send 300 unarmed soldiers and other civilian aid to Syria for 90 days to supervise the implementation of a peace plan. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will track whether Syrian officials follow the … [read more]

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