Legal news from Monday, August 26, 2013

[JURIST] A UN spokesperson said Monday that the UN plans to contact the US government about reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] hacked UN internal communications. The UN said that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference, spying and eavesdropping. The German magazine … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iranian court of appeals on Sunday rejected the appeal of American pastor Saeed Abedini and refused to reduce his eight-year prison term in the Evin prison. Abedini was sentenced [JURIST report] in January by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran to eight years in prison … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding [official websites] said Monday that Croatia [JURIST news archive] may face legal action for failure to comply with EU extradition law. Days before entering the EU on July 1, the Croatian government changed the country's laws to prevent extradition of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a defendant's request for a lawyer may not be used as evidence of guilt. Tayfun Okatan was convicted on three counts relating to illegally bringing a German citizen into the US. When detained … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rajya Sabha [official website], the upper house of the Indian parliament, approved an amendment to the Marriage Law [Amendment], 2010 [text, PDF] Monday that would grant both men and woman the ability to file for divorce on the grounds of "irretrievable breakdown" of marriage. Both parties must live … [read more]

[JURIST] The Texas Supreme Court [official website] announced Friday that it will consider whether the state has jurisdiction to grant divorces to two same-sex couples who were legally married in Massachusetts. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official website] said in a brief that the state would benefit from the court … [read more]

[JURIST] UNESCO [official website] Director-General Irina Bokova [official profile] on Monday condemned [press release] the death of three journalists in Egypt and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Two journalists, Ahmed Abdel of Al-Akhbar [news service] and Gawad Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network (RNN) [news … [read more]

[JURIST] At the beginning of a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] pledged to raise concerns with the government's human rights record, particularly with regard to alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils. Sri Lanka's government fought a brutal … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged [press release] the government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] to significantly revise or discard their draft association law. The draft law, if enacted, would require nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to obtain official registration to operate; would provide broad and difficult to interpret regulatory … [read more]

[JURIST] Ecuador's criminal code, which prohibit abortions even in the case of rape, threatens the health of victims of sexual violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Friday. Ecuador's abortion laws impose prison terms ranging from one to five years for women who obtain abortions. … [read more]

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