Legal news from Friday, March 15, 2013

[JURIST] Tunisian lawmakers voted on Friday to establish a deadline for elections and an initial draft constitution. The draft constitution must be completed by the end of April and elections must be held by December. A spokesman for Mustafa Ben Jaafar, speaker of the constituent assembly, stated [Reuters report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Merrick Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday reversed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling which allowed the CIA [official website] to refuse to confirm or deny whether it has records pertaining to the use of unmanned drones to kill … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday condemned [press release] the executions of seven people in Saudi Arabia as a violation of international safeguards on the use of the death penalty. The men were executed by firing squad [Al Jazeera report] after convictions for … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that the government of Pakistan considers US drone strikes to be "counter-productive, contrary to international law, and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The statement comes at the conclusion of Emmerson's … [read more]

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