Legal news from Tuesday, January 1, 2013

[JURIST] The US supports efforts in Lebanon to implement parliamentary elections, and encourages a timely and transparent election process, according to a statement [press release] made Monday by Ambassador Maura Connelly [official profile]. The statement was made after the ambassador met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile] signed new legislation [Kremlin press release, in Russian] on Monday establishing education standards and setting new guidelines for educators' salaries and school fees. The legislation has been previously approved by both the State Duma [official website, in Russian] and the Federation Council [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Threats and attacks against judges and lawyers who fight for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka have increased [press release] in past few months, according to UN independent expert Gabriela Knaul [official profile]. The focus of her criticism was the impeachment proceeding against Sri Lankan Chief Justice … [read more]

[JURIST] Visiting Judge Gary Harger ruled Monday that Texas may defund Planned Parenthood [official website; JURIST news archive] through its Affiliate Ban Rule [text, PDF]. The rule denies funding [CNN report] to any organization participating in the state's Women's Health Program [official website] that also performs abortions. Planned Parenthood had … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts [official profile] on Monday released his 2012 year-end report [text, PDF], in which he urged the executive and legislative branches to address the needs of the federal judiciary in terms of financial and human resources. Roberts noted that the judiciary has … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday called [official statement] on India's government to "strengthen critical services for rape victims," expressing sympathy for the family of the 23-year-old medical student who died from injuries sustained in a gang-rape last month. Ban also added that UN entities such as … [read more]

[JURIST] The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation [HB 4244, PDF] before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing [ABC report] that … [read more]

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