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[JURIST] Then UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Christof Heyns on Thursday urged [text, PDF] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] to impose a moratorium on lethal autonomous robotics (LAR's), also known as "killer robots." A key concern to Heyns is whether future … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] cannot require all state employees to take random drug tests. Executive Order 11-58 [text, PDF], issued [JURIST report] in March 2011, would subject all state employees to … [read more]

[JURIST] London-based Public Interest Lawyers [firm website] on Wednesday accused the UK military of holding at least eight men without charge at the UK temporary holding facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Their clients have allegedly been held for over eight months without charge and without access to lawyers in what … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] called [press release] Wednesday for the participation of Libyan women in the Constitution Drafting Assembly. The UNSMIL noted that the preparation and drafting of the constitution is a significant part of Libya's democratic transition, and the representation and participation of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning [UN News Centre report] the most recent Syrian attacks in Al-Qusayr and calling for an end to the violence. In a speech on Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] noted [statement] … [read more]

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