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Legal news from Tuesday, September 18, 2012

[JURIST] Judge Raymond Lohier of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered a stay [order, PDF] of a permanent injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that blocked portions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [text, PDF], allowing for their enforcement pending appeal. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday released a report [materials, in Thai] detailing the unrest and deaths caused by the 2010 anti-government protests [JURIST news archive] led by the "red shirt" [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] movement. The protests were said … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday presented Judge Susan Bolton of the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official websites] with a joint filing suggesting wording for a court order permitting police to enforce the provision of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) [official website] on Monday announced that it has implemented measures to monitor detention centers at federal and regional levels to ensure human rights protection according to the country's constitution. The EHRC will dispatch investigators [AllAfrica report] who have the responsibility to interview prison … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that England and Wales' indeterminate sentences for protection of the public (IPP) [BBC backgrounder] without the means for inmates to prove their rehabilitation are arbitrary and unlawful. The IPP requires an inmate to demonstrate to the Parole Board … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf announced on Tuesday that he will allow Switzerland to reopen corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Appearing before the Supreme Court [official website] in connection with the ongoing standoff between Pakistan's judiciary and executive officials regarding Zardari's case, Ashraf agreed … [read more]

[JURIST] Seven police officers in Bahrain have been charged with torturing and mistreating medical professionals who were detained during opposition protests held in March 2011, authorities said Monday. The police officers were trying to coerce the medical professionals into confessing that they committed misdemeanor assault and slander [Gulf News report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Monday filed a motion for an emergency stay [text] in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] in an attempt to lift last week's permanent injunction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] of portions of the National Defense Authorization … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Morocco to release five prisoners [press release] who were allegedly convicted based on false confessions obtained through torture. Six activists were convicted last week in Casablanca for assaulting and insulting police officers during anti-monarchy protests held in July. When released … [read more]

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