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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 30 September 2017
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: A Vietnamese Court began issuing verdicts and sentences Friday in an ongoing anti-corruption case for members of Ocean Bank, with former CEO Nguyen Xuan Son being sentenced to death for embez (More)
Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive
Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Tuesday announced by decree that the country will grant women driver's licenses beginning next June. The order was broadcast though Saudi Arabia's state television channel and would allow women (More)
I Am My Own Guardian, Or Am I?
JURIST Guest Columnist Ohud Ali. Alzahrani of the University of Pittsburgh discusses the overdue abolition of a long held guardianship system for the women in Saudi Arabia ... Women have recently gained some rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ( (More)
UN rights experts urge Indonesia to decriminalize blasphemy
Human rights experts at the UN called on Indonesia Monday to review and repeal its criminalization of blasphemy . The UN experts decided to step in after the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama , was sentenced earlier this mo (More)
Indonesia court convicts Jakarta governor of blasphemy
Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after being found guilty of blasphemy by an Indonesian court . Ahok is Christian and the charges came as a result of his reference to a Qur'an verse used b (More)
Pakistan PM: blasphemy on social media must be punished
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated on Tuesday that blasphemy is an "unpardonable offense" and ordered the state to remove such content from social media. In a Twitter post through the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz [official website; Twitte (More)
Denmark man indicted for burning Quran
Prosecutors in North Jutland, Denmark , pressed blasphemy charges against a man on Wednesday for posting a video in which he burned a Koran. On Thursday the Danish Prosecution Service issued a formal indictment against the man. The prosecutor noted (More)
UN rights expert criticizes widespread censorship laws
The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye said Thursday that governments are "wielding the tools of censorship" and cautioned that "the freedom of expression is under th (More)
Amnesty: Iraq government, paramilitary forces committing rights abuses, war crimes
Iraqi government and paramilitary forces are committing serious human rights abuses and war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report Tuesday. AI claims that both the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are (More)
Maldives president signs controversial defamation law
Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill criminalizing defamation with fines and jail terms despite widespread criticism. The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye issued a warning (More)
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