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Legal news from Saturday, April 6, 2013

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] ruled [judgment, in Portuguese] that four out of nine contested austerity measures of the 2013 state budget were unconstitutional. The court's decision came in response to the request of Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website] for the court to determine whether … [read more]

[JURIST] Thousands in Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that the government introduce anti-blasphemy laws, including provisions to prosecute and hang atheist bloggers, in a rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamic group drawing support from thousands of seminaries and allegedly backed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The protest … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] issued a report [text, PDF; press release] on Friday calling on the government of South Sudan to protect communities that are at risk of violence. The UNMISS report detailed the findings of a human rights investigation into the killing of … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan ruled [judgment, PDF] on Friday that election officials must refrain from asking irrelevant and intrusive questions of candidates for public office. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court [official website] issued the ruling in the wake of Returning Officers, who are primarily … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Thursday urging the Ohio Supreme Court [official website] to bring an end to the state's practice of jailing people who cannot pay their court fines. The ACLU alleges that this practice is used … [read more]

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