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Legal news from Monday, November 25, 2013
by Addison Morris

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced on Monday that plans to hold the country's constitutional referendum will likely be delaying until January, rather than taking place in December as originally expected. The interim government, which has been in place since Mohamed Morsi's removal from office, has organized a committee of 50 members …

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by Addison Morris

UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth on Monday urged the Eritrean government to respect its obligation to human rights, and called for protection for the hundreds of thousands of citizens currently fleeing the country for safety. It is mandatory that young Eritreans, both male and female, serve in the national military, regardless of religious or other …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Monday urged the government of Malaysia to overturn the nation's ban on a Catholic publication's use of the word "Allah" to refer to God. Allah is the Arabic word for God and has been used by Christians Malaysians for centuries to refer to …

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by Peter Snyder

The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working group, provides that married individuals found guilty of engaging in …

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by Max Slater

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to protect human rights embodied in the country's new constitution. The report, entitled "Human Rights Agenda," calls on Zimbabwe's government to end human rights violations, such as suppressing freedom of expression and intimidating individuals and organizations that …

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by Max Slater

A criminal court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday sentenced a militant to death for his role in an attack on the US Consulate in Jeddah in 2004, in which five people died. The defendant, who was not named, is part of a 55-member terrorist cell with ties to al Qaeda that stormed the US Consulate …

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