Legal news from Friday, June 28, 2013

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Friday issued final rules [text, PDF] requiring health insurance plans to provide women with contraceptive coverage without cost sharing. According to the rules, these final regulations seek to protect public health and guarantee women equal access to health care and are narrowly tailored … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh on Friday sentenced nine politicians from the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website] to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Gautam Das [CPJ backgrounder] in 2005. Shortly before his murder, Das published a series of reports [AFP report] detailing corruption by BNP officials. … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by five residents of American Samoa who claimed that the Fourteenth Amendment [text] guarantees them US citizenship at birth. Although American Samoans are considered US nationals, American … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official report] released a report [text, PDF] Thursday which presses Iraqi leaders to develop measures addressing the growing trend of human rights abuses in Iraq. According to the UN, terrorist groups killed more than 3,100 Iraqi civilians and injured more than 12,100 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill [S 744, PDF] which would create new pathways to US citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the US. Senators voted 68-32 [roll call vote] to pass the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, … [read more]

[JURIST] Despite significant human rights achievements, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged [text] countries to "refocus their efforts to achieve universality, and impartiality with regard to justice." Speaking at the Vienna +20 Conference, Pillay reminded countries to "revive the spirit" of the Vienna Declaration and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Hobby Lobby [corporate website] may challenge the mandate to provide employees with coverage for contraceptives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. The appeals court reversed the denial [opinion, … [read more]

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