Legal news from Tuesday, April 8, 2014
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday published a letter [text] to US President Barack Obama [official website], urging the US to expedite the return of Yemeni detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. The letter notes that 55 of the 76 individuals recommended for transfer [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released a report [text, PDF] Tuesday detailing the chronic prevalence of hate crimes and discrimination perpetrated against the Roma diaspora in Europe. The "briefing," released on International Roma Day, urges European leaders to "commit, visibly and wholeheartedly, to eradicating the scourge of anti-Roma violence." [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved Republic Act 10354 [press release, PDF] expanding public access to family planning and reproductive health services. The bill, which was approved by both houses of parliament [JURIST report] and signed by President Benigno Aquino [official profile] over [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday struck down [judgment; press release, PDF] an EU-wide law that stipulates how private data must be collected and stored. The ECJ ruled the collection of traffic and location data via the Data Retention Directive [EU backgrounder] by public electronic [read more]

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[JURIST] UN experts on the rights and status of migrant workers on Monday renewed [press release] calls to states urging the signing and ratification of a treaty more than 10 years old. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], asked [text, PDF] a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia [official websites], Surya Subedi, issued a statement [text] on Monday expressing concern that the Cambodian National Assembly [official website] went forward with its second session without the representative MPs of the opposition taking up their seats. Subedi [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday made a statement in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, expressing regret [press release] for the UN's silence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder] that resulted in the deaths of 800,000 people. Ban urged [UN News Centre report] the international community to [read more]

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