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Legal news from Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[JURIST] An Israeli Rabbinical Court [official website] has ordered a woman to circumcise her son against her will or face daily fines. The ruling was issued [Telegraph report] by a three-rabbi panel after the boy's parents filed for divorce, and the father insisted on circumcision and the mother opposed. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A New Zealand High Court [official website] judge on Tuesday held that two Kiribati citizens, could not be granted refugee status [decision, PDF] based on the effects of climate change on Kiribati. Ioane Teitiota and his wife moved to New Zealand from the island nation of Kiribati in 2007 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Monday ordered the Cook County Clerk [official website] to immediately issue a marriage license to same-sex couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray and Ewert petitioned for an immediate marriage license due to … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday denied [text] Samsung's request to stay on a trial to determine damages owed as a result of the company's infringement of five Apple patents. On November 20, Samsung asked Judge Lucy Koh … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks [official profile] on Tuesday released a report [text, PDF] describing numerous rights violations committed by Turkish police forces during protests in May and June of this year. In particular, Muiznieks reported the police actions resulted in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida [official website] on Monday ruled the sedative midazolam hydrochloride is permissible in state executions. Florida is the only state in the US that uses the drug, which was implemented as part of its three-drug protocol in executions on October 15 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Monday briefed [official statement] the UN Security Council [official website] on the quickly deteriorating situation in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. On behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile], the Deputy Secretary-General explained the mounting human rights violations … [read more]

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean magistrate on Tuesday acquitted human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa [personal website] on charges of obstructing justice and being unruly to police officers. Mtetwa was arrested in March [Reuters report], and was determined to be a flight risk. She was denied bail, and has been on trial since … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine's imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] announced on Monday [press release] that she would go on a hunger strike to show her support [Guardian report] for the demonstrators who have been protesting Ukraine's decision to abandon a planned EU trade pact. Demonstrators allege that … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] on Monday invoked a special security law in districts of Bangkok and nearby areas after protesters stormed and occupied several key ministries. The law, known as the Internal Security Act, gives police additional powers to block routes, impose curfews, ban gatherings and … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan on Monday convicted a group of 29 people of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. The court sentenced the group to prison terms ranging from nine years to life. The group was arrested in April and May 2012 and was accused [reuters report] of plotting … [read more]

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