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Legal news from Friday, April 4, 2014

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has urged the US against resuming military assistance to Egypt until the country begins to make progress on developing basic freedoms or on its democratic transition. On Friday the group released a letter [text] it sent to Secretary of State John Kerry [official … [read more]

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a regulation by the New York City Board of Education banning religious groups from holding worship services in school buildings. The ruling reverses a district court's 2012 decision that the ban violated the Free … [read more]

[JURIST] The Associated Press has discovered [AP report] plans by the European Union to instate a war crimes tribunal to deal specifically with allegations focusing on offenses committed by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war [BBC backgrounder] with Serbia. During the war, the Albanian rebels were supported by … [read more]

[JURIST] French police on Friday arrested Radomir Susnjar [Bosnia Times backgrounder], a Bosnian Serb paramilitary soldier suspected of killing 59 Muslim civilians during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. Susnjar is suspected of involvement in the July 1992 killings in the town of Visegrad, where 59 civilians were locked … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced on Tuesday the creation [AI report] of a new global coalition that will work with world leaders to keep invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes. The new organization is titled Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant [official website] on Thursday signed the controversial Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act [text, PDF] into law, which prevents the state from taking any legislative action that would place a "substantial burden" on a person's exercise of religion. The law also requires a showing that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday partially lifted the country's ban on Youtube [corporate website], saying the blanket ban violated human rights. Access to the website was blocked after video of officials discussing an attack on Syria was leaked prior to the election. The Constitutional Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian government approved a new anti-terrorism law on Thursday in response to an attack on Cairo University [Al Ahram report]. The new law is aimed at deterring the recent escalation of terrorist violence in Egypt during its transition following the ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] on Thursday detailing [press release] a long-standing culture of impunity, racism and excessive force within the Greek police system. The report documents unlawful practices and human rights violations of the country's law enforcement and cites as key issues the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama Senate [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HB494, PDF] that requires a parent or guardian's approval before a minor can have abortion. Under the law, a minor wishing to get an abortion without parental consent must prove in court that she cannot consult her parents, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] on Thursday voted [press release] 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent … [read more]

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