Legal news from Thursday, March 27, 2014

[JURIST] A court order from a special court in Pakistan on Thursday stated that the court will frame formal high treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] on March 31. The order also reiterated that Musharraf would be arrested [Xinhua report] if he failed to appear at … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Tuesday that the Kansas legislature can withhold federal funding for two Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] clinics. In the original lawsuit, Planned Parenthood challenged a state law that stripped Planned Parenthood of funding under Title … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks [official profile] on Wednesday called upon the Greek government to abandon plans [statement] to include a clause in a draft immigration law that would allow the government to deport migrants following the rejection of their claims … [read more]

[JURIST] Indiana Governor Mike Pence [official website] signed into law HB 1048 [legislative materials] on Wednesday, allowing adults to carry a concealed weapon locked in vehicles on school property. The current law in Indiana makes it a felony for any gun permit holder to have a firearm in their car … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released their annual report [text; PDF] on death sentences and executions throughout the globe. The rights organization recorded that executions took place in 22 countries in 2013, an increase by one from 2012. Neither the 2012 or 2013 report included Egypt or … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma County District Court [official website] ruled Wednesday that the state’s law preventing death row inmates from obtaining information about the drugs used in lethal injections violates the Oklahoma constitution. Judge Patricia Parrish found [AP report] that the Oklahoma law, which keeps the identities of lethal-injection drugs suppliers … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] issued a press release [text] today urging EU leaders to publicly raise concerns about the diminishing support for human rights issues in China under President Xi Jinping [BBC profile]. HRW has taken action by writing letters to EU top officials Jose Manuel Barroso … [read more]

[JURIST] The members of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website; JURIST news archive] collectively resigned on Tuesday. The Board of Commissioners' resignations were meant to protest political interference [Reuters report] based on conflicting parliamentary and judicial decisions excluding certain candidates from Iraq's upcoming election. Iraq's parliament and judiciary … [read more]

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