Legal news from Thursday, March 13, 2014

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official profile] on Wednesday urged [news release] governmental bodies to refuse goods and information obtained by "acts of torture and ill-treatment" in other countries. Mendez noted the hypocrisy of governments that condemn torture committed by another country while continuing to accept … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday rejected without comment an emergency application [text, PDF] to block enforcement of an ordinance that effectively prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines by civilians in a California city. Section 9.44.050 of Sunnyvale Ordinance No. 3027-13 [text, PDF] defines … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer [press release] of Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] to find that US electronic surveillance programs [JURIST backgrounder] violate fundamental human rights. The US is due to appear before the committee on March 13 and 14 for a review of … [read more]

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