Legal news from Friday, August 23, 2013

[JURIST] Former Egyptian prime minister Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] was moved from prison to house arrest on a military hospital on Thursday. Mubarak's release [AP report] comes amid widespread protests led by the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] following last month's ouster [JURIST news report] of president Mohammed … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Thursday condemned [press release] the reported chemical weapon attacks that killed hundreds in the Ghouta region of Damascus as a "serious escalation" in the fight between Syria's government and rebel forces. The alleged attacks were part of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Paraguay's Congress on Thursday officially granted President Horatio Cartes [BBC profile] the power to order military interventions without prior legislative approval. The grant of power [Ultima Hora report, in Spanish] came after five security guards were were killed by the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) in northern Paraguay. Opponents of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday against an Arizona law [HB 2800, PDF] that disqualified health providers which perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood [advocacy website], from receiving public funds. The law would have cut off funding to such health … [read more]

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) [advocacy website] sued [complaint, PDF; press release] the Indiana State Department of Health [official website] on Thursday, challenging a new regulation [text] on abortion facilities. Under the law, facilities prescribing Mifepristone, the so-called "abortion pill," will be defined as an abortion clinic … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar [official website], Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Thursday applauded [press release] recent government efforts to encourage a culture of respect between clashing political and religious sects but recognized the need for increased government action on a wide array … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] declared [press release] Thursday that Australia's indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The refugees, who have been detained for at least two-and-a-half years, brought their complaints to the Committee when they were … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Thursday against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, seeking a declaration from the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official … [read more]

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