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Legal news from Monday, August 13, 2012

[JURIST] The UN envoy for Somalia on Monday urged [statement, PDF] the east African nation to end a "culture of impunity" that threatens press freedom in the wake of the killings of two journalists. Augustine Mahiga [official profile], the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, declared that freedom of … [read more]

[JURIST] Head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] on Monday expressed concern [statement, PDF; press release] about the growing number of civilian casualties in violent clashes between government forces and armed opposition groups. UN Military Adviser, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, told reporters he was disappointed with … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday agreed to hear [order list, PDF] a case dealing with a parent's ability to sue for custody in the US when a court has determined that the child's normal residence is in another country, and the child has already left the … [read more]

[JURIST] Leaders of political opposition in Kuwait on Sunday criticized the government's efforts to change the country's election law through the Constitutional Court, saying the government is attempting to seize power through the court in violation of the constitution. The government announced last week that they had asked the national … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain court has sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for making defamatory comments about a wife of the Prophet Muhammad [BBC backgrounder]. The 19-year-old man allegedly posted offensive comments [AFP report] on a website that insulted Muhammad's wife Aisha. The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Ending discrimination against women [speech] is necessary to fix the problem of global poverty, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Monday. Speaking before the World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women [official website] in Seoul, South Korea, Ban declared that while women around the world have made … [read more]

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada [official website] warned Saturday that the public would lose faith in the Canadian legal system unless access to the courts is made available for everyone. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin [official profile], speaking at a news conference following an address to … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] on Monday asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] for a new trial, accusing prosecutors of delaying the disclosure of crucial information. Karadzic is currently representing himself at trial. In his … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued a declaration [text] on Sunday that gives the president complete legislative and executive power, abolishing a June declaration that reserved power for the military [JURIST report]. The declaration grants Morsi the power to establish public policy and sign international … [read more]

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