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Legal news from Tuesday, September 17, 2013

[JURIST] FBI [official website] powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder], according to a report [text, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria [official website], said Monday that the vast majority of Syrian casualties are killed in unlawful conventional weapon attacks [press release] and called for an end to weapons being supplied to both Syria's government and rebels. Pinheiro stated … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Tuesday sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder], to death. This overturned a February ruling by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page; JURIST news archive], which sentenced Mollah to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] commission responsible for investigating potential human rights violations in North Korea on Tuesday reported widespread human rights abuses [press release] occurring in the country. The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [official website] was … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to strengthen humans rights efforts [press release] in preparation for presidential elections in April 2014 and the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) [official website] in late 2014. Pillay characterized … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippine Justice Department [official website] on Monday filed graft charges against nearly 40 current and former government officials and a prominent businesswoman for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars in governments funds intended for the poor. Chief prosecutors assert that, between 2007 and 2009, three current senators and dozens … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) [official website] on Monday publicly condemned recent violent attacks against the nation's Coptic Christians. Islamist extremists are believed to be behind attacks [CNN report] such as the burning of churches and property owned by Christians, along with the displacement of Christian … [read more]

[JURIST] Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required declaration of assets while she was in office. If found guilty, in accordance with … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] stated [video; transcript] Monday that UN inspectors have confirmed that "chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale" in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, causing numerous civilian casualties in violation of international law. A report [text, PDF] issued by chief … [read more]

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