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Legal news from Monday, February 17, 2014

[JURIST] Experts from the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice [official website], along with several other special groups within the UN, urged [press release] Kenya on Monday to repeal sections of the Marriage and Property Act [text]. According to the experts, the provisions effectively deny … [read more]

[JURIST] Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] in 2000, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki [WSJ news archive] to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party [party website, in Korean] in South Korea's National Assembly [official website], was arrested in … [read more]

[JURIST] Israeli rights groups on Sunday asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 2011 law that prevents Israelis from calling for a boycott of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, claiming that it violates the right to free speech. Although there is no precedent for it as of yet, the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kutaisi City Court in Georgia on Monday sentenced former prime minister Vano Merabishvili to a five-year prison term for embezzling government funds and bribing voters. Prosecutors specifically alleged that Merabishvili used government money [AFP report] to employ his supporters in fictitious government roles in advance of his party's … [read more]

[JURIST] UN human rights investigators on Monday released a 372-page report [text, DOC] detailing widespread crimes against humanity in North Korea that they believe should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The report, which is to be debated [Reuters report] by the UN Human Rights Council … [read more]

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law [Guardian report] expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal … [read more]

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