Legal news from Tuesday, April 1, 2014

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [Freedom Now backgrounder], has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page [in Arabic] Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video [YouTube video, in Arabic] posted online showing Sotoudeh giving … [read more]

[JURIST] Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray [official website] on Monday signed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia for up to an ounce. The proposed law would make possession of marijuana a civil violation with a penalty of $25, which is a substantial change from … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico [official website] ruled Monday that the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause mandates that legally residing immigrants be afforded the same rights to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit as citizens. Judge M. Christina Armijo held [Washington Times report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of 146 Congolese and international human rights organizations released a joint declaration [text, PDF] Tuesday urging the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] to create new mechanisms in its national justice system for prosecuting war crimes. Specifically, the declaration urged the Congolese government and its president, … [read more]

[JURIST] International medical aid group Doctors Without Borders [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned [report, PDF] the unsanitary detention conditions of migrants found in Greece without correct paperwork. The report expressed concern over detention facilities where migrants are kept in large numbers in cramped, unsanitary conditions without access to medical care … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] refused Monday to block new abortion drug rules, allowing them to take effect Tuesday. Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy websites] had initiated legal action [JURIST report] earlier in March against … [read more]

[JURIST] Nepal has imposed increasingly harsh restrictions on Tibetan refugees under strong pressure from China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] claimed [press release] Tuesday. The statement cites a recent HRW report [text] detailing Nepali authorities' abuses of Tibetans who have come to the country fleeing persecution in China. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday strongly condemned [press release] the violence against civilians and international forces working to aid the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Reports estimate [AllAfrica report] that approximately 2.2 million citizens of CAR … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] adjourned the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [ICC case materials] on Monday. Kenyatta was charged [summons, PDF] in March 2011 with five counts of crimes against humanity as an indirect co-perpetrator of the violence following Kenya's 2007 elections, which led to … [read more]

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