Legal news from Saturday, December 7, 2013

[JURIST] Japan's parliament on Friday passed a controversial secrecy law amid widespread protests. The law, which has drawn protests [Bloomberg report] at every step of the approval process, targets public officials who leak information to the public. Those convicted under the law could face up to 10 years in prison. … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday gave one-year suspended sentences to 14 Islamist women for protesting in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], reducing their 11-year prison sentences. At the same trial, seven female teenage defendants who had been sentenced to imprisonment until they … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Friday commended recent steps taken by Azerbaijan [JURIST news archive] officials to adopt legal measures in protection of women's rights, but urged [press release] authorities to better implement these policies. Though many acknowledged that violence against women … [read more]

[JURIST] A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at … [read more]

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