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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 16 December 2017
World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 16 December 2017

Here’s the international legal news we covered this week:

The legal world is a busy place.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer [official website] on Wednesday called on the US to end impunity [press release] for those officials who have committed acts of torture.
A committee in Ireland’s Houses of Oireachtas [official website] on Wednesday voted to recommend that the full parliament repeal the country’s Eighth Amendment [materials], which dictates that an unborn child and mother have an equal right to life.

The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution [official website] considered numerous proposals [text, PDF] for inclusion in an eventual report to be delivered to the wider parliament suggesting changes to the country’s strict abortion laws.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported [press release] Monday that sanctions against the People’s Democratic Republic on North Korea have a negative effect on aid efforts.
Amnesty International on Monday accused [report, PDF] EU member states of being complicit in the abuse and torture of refugees and migrants that have journeyed across Africa and are now being detained in Libya.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official site] on Monday announced [press release] that it will refer the Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations Security Council [official site] over its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir [official website].