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Legal news from Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[JURIST] A UN report [text, PDF] released on Wednesday concludes that informal justice systems must be used as part of broader initiatives to ensure that human rights of people in developing countries are protected. The report shows that many groups of people, including women, children and minorities, benefit from informal … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Tuesday ordered an injunction against the extradition of Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Saudi-born Khaled Al-Fawwaz to the US until a formal hearing can be held. The pair were scheduled to be extradited to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Honduras [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to take measures to address the violence against human rights defenders. The call came amid two recent killings of lawyers working on human rights cases … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hulhumale Magistrate Court in the Maldives has issued an order preventing ex-president Mohamed Nasheed from leaving the capital of Male without official permission. Nasheed was also served with unnamed criminal proceedings. Nasheed supporters claimed [AP report] that this move was politically motivated and will limit the ex-president's ability … [read more]

[JURIST] Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was sentenced Wednesday to two months in prison for tearing up a picture of the country's king, according to her lawyer. Mohammed al-Jishi condemned [AP report] the sentence as being too harsh, stating … [read more]

[JURIST] A Brazilian state court on Wednesday gave YouTube 10 days to remove from its website a film deemed offensive to Muslims. The court order [text, PDF, in Portuguese] follows a recent lawsuit brought by Muslim group National Islamic Union against Youtube's parent company Google [company website] asserting that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] voted on Tuesday to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, subject to several conditions, by a vote of 50-49. Cuba and Mexico are the only other countries in the region that have decriminalized abortion [El Pas report, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday found three members of Sierra Leone's former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) guilty of contempt [press release]. Santigie Borbor Kanu and Hassan Papa Bangura were convicted of two counts of "interfering with the administration of … [read more]

[JURIST] The German Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ) [official website, in German] on Tuesday outlined a plan to legalize circumcisions [JURIST news archive] of infant boys after a controversial ruling banning the practice was handed down earlier this year. The Cologne state court [official website, in German] ruled in June … [read more]

[JURIST] Independent UN human rights Rita Izsak called [press release] Wednesday for Bosnia and Herzgovina (BIH) [UN backgrounder] to do more to promote minority rights and unity. Izsak emphasized the need to encourage integration among the minority groups at all levels of society, specifically when dealing with education. She discussed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied a request for a new injunction against a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] requiring law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest if there is … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] added six cases [order list, PDF] to its docket on Monday, including a rare grant of certiorari in two pro se cases. In Levin v. United States [docket], the court will consider whether 10 USC § 1089 [text] properly immunizes government medical personnel … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday asked [cert. petition, PDF; press release] the US Supreme Court [official website] to review the validity of patents on two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers owned by a Utah company, Myriad … [read more]

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