Legal news from Saturday, January 18, 2014

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website, JURIST news archive] on Friday signed a bill [official website] punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. The law was passed [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi called Friday for the government and opposition parties of Cambodia to end their ongoing political impasse [text] and come together on human rights reforms. The impasse arose from still contested elections held in July 2013 and has had "a direct impact on the enjoyment … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iranian government has carried out 40 executions [press release] in the two weeks since the beginning of 2014, claims human rights group Amnesty International [advocacy website] in a statement published Thursday. "The spike in the number of executions carried out so far this month in Iran is alarming," … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted review [text, PDF] over the issue of police authority to search the contents of an arrested individual's cell phone. The court accepted two cases on the matter to review. The first, Riley v. California [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], is a state court … [read more]

[JURIST] In a speech [transcript] Friday, US President Barack Obama [official website] announced detailed plans to change surveillance policy, curbing the abilities of intelligence agencies to collect and use American phone data. Reform to the program entails a handful of initiatives outlined by Obama, focusing on additional oversight, transparency, and … [read more]

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