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Legal news from Sunday, September 29, 2013

[JURIST] Sweden's Ombudsman for Children [official website] Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision [Dagens Nyheter op-ed, in Swedish] on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising … [read more]

[JURIST] Mohamed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) [advocacy website], reported Sunday that a Bahrain court has sentenced 50 defendants [BYSHR blog] to prison terms ranging between five and 15 years in prison, with 20 of the defendants sentenced in absentia. The mass trial was … [read more]

[JURIST] The top UN official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) [official website] on Saturday urged Congolese authorities to take all necessary steps required to capture two escaped national army officials, both of whom were found guilty of human violations in September. … [read more]

[JURIST] Mexican lawmakers must reform the nation's military justice system to combat human rights abuses committed by army and navy personnel, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Friday. AI reports that the number of enforced disappearances in the nation has increased drastically since the federal government launched a military initiative … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for New Jersey's Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry. Judge Mary Jacobson found that the current status of civil unions deprive same-sex couples of federal benefits enjoyed by married couples. In light of the recent … [read more]

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