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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 4 November 2017
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: Judge Carmen Lamela of Spain's National Court on Wednesday jailed eight Catalan ministers by court order on charges of sedition . The court found that the ministers' actions violated Arti (More)
Saudi Arabia to allow women to attend stadium sporting events
Saudi Princess Reema Bandar bint Al-Saud, vice president for women's affairs of the General Sports Authority , tweeted Sunday that the country will begin to allow women to attend sporting events in 2018. Sport stadiums in Saudi Arabia to open their (More)
Sri Lanka parliament enacts witness protection law
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would re (More)
Amnesty India: Sri Lanka presidential visit should emphasize justice
Amnesty International India (AII) said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his firs (More)
Impeached Sri Lanka chief justice reinstated
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake , calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the offic (More)
Sri Lanka must improve human rights record: UN rights chief
Sri Lanka must continue to work to improve its human rights record, according to an oral report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay filed Wednesday with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . The report noted the large military pre (More)
Sri Lanka ex-chief justice charged with corruption
Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake . The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required (More)
Sri Lanka lawmakers approve bill expanding police power
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday voted 110-33 in favor of legislation extending the detention time for suspects arrested by police from 24 to 48 hours. Under the newly-amended law, titled, "Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill, (More)
UN rights chief criticizes impeachment of Sri Lanka chief justice
A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern on Friday over the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake . In a statement, the official criticized the actions of the l (More)
Sri Lanka president swears in replacement chief justice
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake , who was removed from office Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Ba (More)
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