Legal news from Monday, November 25, 2013

[JURIST] Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi [BBC profile] 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 [BBC profile] removal from … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Sheila Keetharuth [official website] on Monday urged [press release] 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, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt [official profile], on Monday urged [statement] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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) [advocacy website] reported [text] Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Monday urged [report, PDF; press release] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to protect human rights embodied in the country's new constitution [text]. The report, entitled "Human Rights Agenda," calls on Zimbabwe's government to end human rights violations, such as … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

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