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Legal news from Friday, October 25, 2013

[JURIST] Two UN rights experts issued [press release] separate reports to the UN General Assembly [official website] Thursday calling upon states to increase transparency in the use of drones and to investigate allegations of civilian deaths in drone strikes. According to the UN press release, the report [text, PDF] by … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] claims by Eden Foods, Inc. [corporate website] that it should be exempt on religious grounds from the contraception mandate [NWLC backgrounder] of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [official website; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] EU leaders on Friday said that the fight against terrorism could be hindered by distrust of the US after new leaks [Guardian report] revealed that Washington has regularly monitored phone traffic throughout Europe, including 35 world leaders. The EU summit in Brussels was set to focus on Europe's growing … [read more]

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Friday upheld a life sentence for former Communist party leader Bo Xilai [BBC report]. Bo was sentenced to life in prison [JURIST report] in September for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power. The High People's Court of the Province of Shandong rejected Bo's appeal, ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] must be present for most of his trial at The Hague, unanimously reversing [press release] the Trial Chamber's decision [text, PDF] to grant … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth [official website] appealed [press release] to the international community on Thursday to keep the Eritrean human rights situation in focus and to increase efforts to aid refugees. Approximately 300,000 Eritrean refugees fled the country in 2012 alone, and the UN Refugee Agency estimates [UNHCR … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed [official website] on Wednesday condemned the Iranian government for the high number of executions this year and restrictions on freedom of speech. Despite having been refused entry into Iran since his … [read more]

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