Legal news from Sunday, March 18, 2012

[JURIST] The US has sent at least 11 detainees to a facility in Afghanistan that has been shown to torture prisoners, two human rights groups reported [text, PDF] Saturday. The Open Society Institute of New York and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission [advocacy websites] alleged [AP report] that these … [read more]

[JURIST] John Demjanjuk [JURIST news archive], a retired Ohio autoworker convicted of being an accessory to over 28,000 murders as a guard at a Nazi extermination camp, died in a nursing home Saturday at the age of 91. Demjanjuk, who was born in Ukraine and later became a US citizen, … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Friday urged the Ukrainian government to ensure that former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official profile] receive adequate medical treatment [statement]. Tymoshenko, who was convicted [JURIST report] of abusing her power as prime minister, is reportedly suffering from an unknown … [read more]

[JURIST] Protesters in Morocco rallied Saturday to call for reform of a law that prohibits punishing rapists of minors if they marry their victims. Moroccan Penal Code [text, French] Article 475, along with provisions that allow judges to require marriage in situations of rape, has been the subject of harsh … [read more]

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