Legal news from Thursday, January 30, 2014

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a report [text, PDF] detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan [HRW profile]. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday that Syrian authorities deliberately demolished residential neighborhoods with explosives and bulldozers in Damascus and Hama over the last year. The report found that the demolitions are related to the violent conflict in Syria between the government and opposition forces. … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Wednesday in Alaska Superior Court [official website] challenging a new regulation that seeks to prevent Medicaid [official website] from covering elective abortions. In 2001 … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced 14 men to death on Thursday for their involvement in a 2004 arms smuggling operation. Among the individuals sentenced [Al Jazeera report] was Matiur Rahman Nizami [JURIST news archive], the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami [official website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] party. In addition, the 14 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] dismissed [text, PDF] former military leader Pervez Musharraf's [BBC profile] petition on Thursday to review its 2009 verdict [JURIST report] declaring the 2007 imposed emergency as unconstitutional. The 14 justices, led by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani [JURIST report], dismissed the petition stating … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of the Federal Public Defender of Colorado [official website] and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a motion [text, PDF] on behalf of terror suspect Jamshid Muhtorov Wednesday to suppress evidence the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] obtained from surveillance conducted pursuant to … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday applauded [press release] the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court [official website] ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] detention center. AI called the decision a victory … [read more]

[JURIST] The Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Parliament of Ukraine, on Wednesday passed a law granting conditional amnesty to protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. The passage of this measure came during the parliament's extraordinary session [JURIST report], which began earlier in the day … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors charged [Al Jazeera press release] 20 Al Jazeera [official website] journalists on Wednesday for joining or conspiring with a terrorist group and broadcasting false images. The journalists are accused of altering and broadcasting video footage of false scenes of a civil war and influencing public opinion toward … [read more]

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