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Legal news from Wednesday, February 19, 2014

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered [JURIST report] in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday urged [press release] both the Ukraine government and protesters to find a peaceful resolution to the Kiev protests, which became increasingly violent on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] also released a statement [text] on Tuesday, … [read more]

[JURIST] UNAIDS [official website], the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned [press release] Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law [JURIST report]. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including … [read more]

[JURIST] An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of left-wing Mexican lawmakers from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] introduced a bill on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in an effort to curb cartel violence [LAT news archive]. Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon [BBC profile] launched a crackdown on drug cartels … [read more]

[JURIST] Washington state legislators on Tuesday approved a bill to make college students who were brought to the US illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. The legislation, called the Real Hope Act [text, PDF], was passed in the state's House of Representatives by 75 to 22 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Civil Court of Thailand [official website] on Wednesday ruled that orders targeting anti-government protesters from the Prime Minister and a Special Security Command Center under the special security law known as the Internal Security Act [JURIST report] were unconstitutional, violating the protesters' constitutional rights. In addition to ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK court on Wednesday rejected a challenge lodged by Brazilian journalist David Miranda, who was detained and questioned by UK authorities in an airport for possessing classified documents leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] contractor Edward Snowden [JURIST news archive]. Miranda, a partner of … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday sentenced former Rwandan mayor Onesphore Rwabukombe,to 14 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [UN backgrounder]. Rwabukombe was convicted [DW report] of ordering the April 11, 1994, massacre of between 400 and 1200 ethnic Tutsis who had taken … [read more]

[JURIST] The FBI [official website] on Tuesday released preliminary crime statistics [report; press release] indicating declines in reported violent crimes and property crimes in the US. The statistics are based upon data collected during the first six months of 2013 submitted by nearly 13,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday said there can no longer be any excuses for inaction [press release] in North Korea following the release of a 372-page report [JURIST report] documenting widespread crimes against humanity. Pillay referred to the acts committed in North … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday warned against [press release] recent amendments to Libya's penal code. Law No. 5 of 2014 imposes prison sentences on any individual "undermining the February 17 revolution" and for "publicly insulting one … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC profile] on Tuesday approved legislation to heighten Internet restrictions, granting the country's telecommunications authority the ability to block websites or remove content without the court's approval. While Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] continue to reaffirm the law's purpose of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts [official website] on Tuesday held [opinion, PDF] that law enforcement must typically obtain a warrant before using a criminal suspect's cell phone data to track his movements. Plaintiff in the case, Shabazz Augustine, was a suspect in the 2004 homicide of his girlfriend. … [read more]

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