Legal news from Sunday, July 10, 2011

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] rejected two appeals [decision, in French; press release] from Swiss Muslims challenging Switzerland's ban on construction of minarets. The court ruled that the appeals were inadmissible because the complaints failed to meet the requirements of Article 35 Section 3 and … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Sunday urged Senegal not to deport former Chadian president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] back to Chad, where he has been sentenced to death. Pillay advised Senegal to review its decision [AFP report] to return Habre, … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers associated with Thailand's outgoing ruling Democrat Party filed papers with the Election Commission on Friday [Bangkok Post report] challenging the Puea Thai party's election victory. The filings seek to dissolve the Puea Thai party on grounds that the party's campaign involved former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and other … [read more]

[JURIST] The Republic of South Sudan was recognized as an independent country on Saturday, making it the world's 193rd nation. In the capital city of Juba, President Salva Kiir [BBC profile] was sworn in [Bloomberg report] for a four-year term, in which he hopes to lead the world's newest nation … [read more]

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