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Legal news from Monday, April 7, 2014

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris [official profile] announced on Monday that Sri Lanka would not cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Last month, the UN Human Rights Council [official website] voted [JURIST report] to launch an investigation into alleged … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied early review [order list, PDF] of a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] PRISM [JURIST backgrounder] telephony bulk data collection program. Last December, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official … [read more]

[JURIST] Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday expressed concern [press release] about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country's Rakhine State [JURIST news archive]. Following recent attacks [Reuters report] on international aid … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court of appeals on Monday upheld the jailing of three men who co-founded the April 6 opposition movement which played a large role in the country's 2011 revolution. The ruling has been described as part of a crackdown [Reuters report] on those opposed to the military-backed government, … [read more]

[JURIST] A civil lawsuit against the Dutch government filed by mothers and widows of men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive] opened in the Hague District Court [official website] on Monday. The Mothers of Srebrenica [advocacy website], a group representing 6,000 women who lost family … [read more]

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