Legal news from Sunday, February 2, 2014

[JURIST] A former Bangladeshi minister from the Jatiya party [party website, in Bengali] was indicted by a Dhaka tribunal on Sunday for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [Bangladesh News backgrounder] with Pakistan. Syed Mohammad Qaisar, the former state minister for agriculture during the military rule of General … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted an Al Jazeera [media website] television cameraman and 61 others accused of participating in demonstrations in Cairo last July. Cameraman Mohamed Badr was arrested during protests in Ramses Square in central Cairo against the army's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz [official profile] ratified a new counterterrorism law that goes into effect Sunday in the Arab nation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who argue the law unduly restricts free speech. The law [AP report] is composed of 41 articles, and it states that … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani [official profile] on Friday encouraged [press release] the UN and the international community to address the safety and security of South Sudan's internally displaced persons. The number of internally displaced persons in South Sudan [JURIST backgrounder] … [read more]

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