Legal news from Saturday, March 15, 2014

[JURIST] In her first visit to Nigeria, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive], on Friday praised [press release] the country for the significant development in protecting human rights, while urging further protection against conflict, poverty and corruption. Calling the issues of the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Paris court on Friday convicted former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder]. After a six-week trial [JURIST report], in which Simbikangwa maintained his innocence, the court delivered [Reuters report] a sentence of 25 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that a state law [Act 301, PDF] banning most abortions after 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy is unconstitutional. Judge Susan Webber Wright temporarily blocked Act 301 last year, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Tennessee must recognize the out-of-state marriages of three same-sex couples while they pursue a lawsuit attempting to overturn the state's ban. Article XI Section 18 of Tennessee's constitution [text, … [read more]

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