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Legal news from Friday, December 13, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] published [press release] a report [official summary; text, PDF] on Thursday that exposes years of mass killings in the regions of Kaduna and Plateau in Nigeria and alleges the Nigerian government has ignored the consequences of severe ethnic and religious conflict. The report, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website; in Russian] on Friday ordered the review of the case against two members of the feminist rock group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August … [read more]

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Thursday that in countries in which same-sex couples cannot legally marry, same-sex couples in a legal union are entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples. The case stemmed from an employment benefits issue in France that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bangladesh government on Thursday executed Abdul Quader Mullah [JURIST news archive], Assistant Secretary General of the opposition Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [official website; Global Security backgrounder] party. Mollah was convicted by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) [official website] for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [Bangladesh … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN team investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria reported [press release] on Thursday that it has found credible evidence that chemical weapons have been used on numerous occasions throughout the Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder]. The Mission to Investigate Allegations of Use of Chemical Weapons in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Belgian Senate [official website] voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation [materials, in Dutch] would extend a 2002 law [text, PDF] that allows euthanasia [BBC backgrounder] for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of … [read more]

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