Legal news from Friday, May 4, 2012

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Friday criticized the government of Iran [press release] for the detentions and harsh sentences of human rights defenders. The Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, the situation of human rights in Iran, and the independence of judges and lawyers urged the … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekeyev became the first to be convicted Friday under a St. Petersburg city ordinance that prohibits the spreading "homosexual propaganda" to minors. Alekeyev was arrested last month [JURIST report] for picketing in front of city hall with a sign that said "homosexuality is … [read more]

[JURIST] Media magnate Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] was released from federal prison in Florida Friday but remains in US custody pending removal proceedings. It remains unclear [National Post report] how long Black will be held by US officials or where he will be deported. He is a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Austrian Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [judgment, PDF, in German; press release, PDF, in German] Friday that the country's laws must not only conform to its own constitution but also to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights [text] in order to be upheld as constitutional. The … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 90 women filed suit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna [official website] alleging that his opposition to the federal health care law is preventing women from having full access to medical care. The complaint claims McKenna's participation in a lawsuit against the Patient Protection … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa [NYT profile] on Thursday approved amendments to the country's constitution that give more power the the parliament by allowing it to have more control over government ministers. While the reforms come as an attempt to settle unrest in the country [AP report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] recommended Thursday that former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] be sentenced to 80 years for war crimes. Taylor was convicted [JURIST report] last week on all 11 counts of war crimes and … [read more]

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