Legal news from Tuesday, February 5, 2013

[JURIST] A group of UN independent human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iran to end the recent crackdown on journalists [press release] and to release those who have been already been detained. The group includes the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group … [read more]

[JURIST] Colonel James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trial of suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], on Monday ordered a mental health examination for the defendant to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Nashiri is accused of masterminding the suicide bombing of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea [official website] Marzuki Darusman has urged [text, PDF] the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly [official websites] to investigate human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In a report released Tuesday, Darusman noted the accrual of 22 separate reports … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released report [HRW report] on Tuesday detailing numerous war crimes committed by the rebel group 23 March Movement (M23) [JURIST news archive] and Congolese military forces during M23's occupation of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year. M23 officially … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday has again stopped the government from enforcing a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] passed last year. The law was also suspended for 120 days [JURIST report] in October so the court could consider the civil liberty implications of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Somali court on Tuesday sentenced a woman who accused Somali security forces of rape to a year in prison for insulting a government body and making false claims. The same court in Mogadishu also sentenced [Guardian report] freelance reporter Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, who interviewed the woman in January, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Monday approved a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. With a 75-20 vote [Reuters report] the bill will now advance to the state Senate, which last week passed a ban on abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] NBC News [corporate website] on Monday released [NBC report] a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] confidential "white paper" [text, PDF] that reveals details of the legal justifications for the Obama administration's unprecedented use of lethal drone strikes [JURIST news archive] against al Qaeda suspects who are US citizens … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday handed down its second verdict, sentencing Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder], to life in prison. This sentence [Reuters report] comes a week after televangelist televangelist Abul Kalam … [read more]

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