Legal news from Sunday, December 9, 2012

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders [official website] on Friday urged China to end retaliatory efforts [press release] against Chen Guangcheng [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a blind human rights lawyer who successfully fled the communist country earlier this year, by immediately releasing the activist's nephew. According … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] on Sunday ended a controversial decree that had greatly expanded his presidential powers. Although the move was viewed as a concession [CNN report] to protesters who had called for the end of the decree [JURIST report], Morsi refused to push the constitutional referendum … [read more]

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