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Legal news from Wednesday, March 6, 2013

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday referred the country's newly passed electoral law to the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) [official website] for review, thereby delaying parliamentary elections originally set to begin on April 22. The court's decision is said to be based on technical grounds [Reuters report], namely that … [read more]

[JURIST] UNICEF [official website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday that Israeli practices surrounding the detention of children may violate international legal standards. The report claims approximately 700 Palestinian children are detained every year in Israeli military facilities. Further, UNICEF suggests mistreatment of these children in these facilities is "widespread, systematic and … [read more]

[JURIST] Legislators from UN member states on Tuesday discussed the importance of laws [press release] against sexual, domestic and gender violence during the second day of the UN women's commission annual session. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday overturned the death penalty for two civilians, Rana Naveed and Ameer Sohail, who were sentenced by an army appellate court for attacking the country's former military president Pervez Musharraf [BBC report; JURIST news archive]. Musharraf had survived two assassination attempts in … [read more]

[JURIST] A letter [text, PDF] written by US Attorney General Eric Holder to Senator Rand Paul [official websites] suggests that in "extraordinary circumstances" it would be lawful and within the president's authority to use a weaponized drone to carry out a lethal strike on an American citizen on US soil. … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] called Tuesday for a debate on abuses and mistreatment in health care settings [press release] that potentially equate to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. The call for debate was based upon a report [text, PDF] released … [read more]

[JURIST] A human rights expert presented her report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] Tuesday urging nations to provide a "bare minimum" legal framework to protect those working within their states to defend human rights. The report by Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Margaret … [read more]

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