Legal news from Friday, October 12, 2012
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] called on Iran Friday to immediately stop all executions [press release], including 11 planned for Saturday. The OHCHR stated that Iran has failed to provide the accused with due process and fair trials and that the [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian government security forces and Islamist militant group Boko Haram [BBC backgrounder] have likely both committed crimes against humanity in the conflict between the two groups which began in 2009, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Thursday. The report states that Boko Haram attacks [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court [official website] of Botswana [JURIST news archive] on Friday struck down longstanding local customary laws that prevented women from inheriting their family home. Judge Key Dingake ruled that such laws are not in line with the Botswana constitution [AFP report], which guarantees gender equality. According to [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for the Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday sentenced [press release, PDF] four men to prison terms ranging from 18 months to 2 years on contempt charges stemming from allegations of witness tampering. Three of the men were convicted last month after [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] a preliminary injunction against an Ohio state election law adopted in 2006 that discards provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct. Pursuant to the law, the provisional ballots were rejected even if the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Senate [official website, in Spanish] gave final approval to a federal anti-money laundering law Thursday in the nation's latest effort to subdue the country's powerful drug cartels. Passed by the lower congressional house earlier this year, the legislation [text, PDF, in Spanish] was proposed two years ago by [read more]

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