Legal news from Sunday, February 23, 2014

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts on Saturday called on [press release] the government of Iran to halt the startling increase in the number of hangings since the start of 2014. According to the UN Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights (OFCHR) [official website], at least 40 persons … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled against [opinion, PDF] the University of Notre Dame [academic website], denying their claim that the US Department of Health's [official website] contraception-coverage requirement is forcing the institution to violate its religious beliefs. In a 2-1 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

[JURIST] US Vice President Joe Biden [official profile] on Thursday threatened targeted sanctions [press release] against the Ukrainian officials responsible for violence against civilian protesters. Biden urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] to remove security forces from Kiev and to take "immediate and tangible steps" toward … [read more]

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