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Legal news from Wednesday, October 30, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] condemned a draft Egyptian protest law on Wednesday, saying it falls short of the obligation to respect freedom of assembly. HRW expressed concern [press release] over the scope of the law's application, vague language, and its broad restrictions and discretionary powers. Specifically, the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; press release, PDF] Wednesday that Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [official website] was justified in its decision that withholding certain invasive treatments would be in the best interests of critical care patient David James, despite resistance from the patient's … [read more]

[JURIST] Civil rights groups on Wednesday publicly condemned [text, PDF] Malaysia's "empty promises" to strengthen civil and political rights in the country. Amnesty International (AI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) [advocacy websites] claimed that authorities "failed to adequately respond to many of the questions raised by UN member states and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Monday on behalf of the Welton family seeking a declaration that the marijuana derivative used to treat five-year-old Zander Welton's epilepsy is permissible under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) [materials] and, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief [official website], Heiner Bielefeldt, said [press release] Tuesday that "harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief." Bielefeldt urged governments to ensure that gender equality is adequately … [read more]

[JURIST] The state of Alabama agreed [text, PDF] Tuesday to permanently block several provisions of its immigration [JURIST backgrounder] law [HB 56; PDF], according to the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) [advocacy website]. The key provisions that were permanently blocked include Sections 28; 11(f) and (g); 10, 11(a), 13, … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] asserted [statement] on Wednesday that the Supreme Court of the Maldives [official website] has meddled excessively in the nation's presidential elections. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of the Maldives annulled results [JURIST report] from the … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian police on Wednesday arrested a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to a source from Egypt's Interior Ministry. Essam el-Erian [JURIST news archive] had been on the run [AP report] since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile]. El-Erian, along … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a 2011 state law restricting the use of chemical-abortions is unconstitutional, reaffirming the court's 2012 decision [JURIST report]. The law [HB 1970, text] imposes broad and stringent limitations on physicians when prescribing abortion-inducing medications to patients, and … [read more]

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