Legal news from Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to put on hold a ruling upholding a California law that bans licensed therapists from working to change the sexual orientation of a minor. The order contained no reasoning, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana [official website] declared Monday that Wednesday's scheduled execution of 70-year-old Christopher Sepulvado by lethal injection will be delayed for 90 days. Sepulvado was charged with the murder of his six-year-old stepson in 1993. Last week, Louisiana … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's Democrat party, the country's main opposition political party, petitioned the Thai Constitutional Court [official website, English] Tuesday to annul the results of last week's national elections, alleging that the polls were unconstitutional. The petition also seeks [AFP report] the dissolution of the ruling party of Prime Minister Yingluck … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday encouraged [press release] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court opened trial Tuesday against former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa in the country's first trial of a suspect in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Simbikangwa, 54, is charged [Reuters report] with arming and directing Hutu extremists in the violence that claimed the lives of an … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday criticized [press release] a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program Deputy Director. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] on Friday urged [press release] the island nation of Seychelles to establish a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking, and to hasten to pass the draft anti-trafficking bill currently circulating in … [read more]

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