Legal news from Monday, January 14, 2013

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Monday rejected a petition challenging a recently passed bill that would prohibit US citizens from adopting Russian children. The petition asked [RIA Novosti report] the government to lift the controversial ban. A Russian newspaper company, Novaya Gazeta [media website, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) [official website] reported [press release] Friday that more than 2,000 have fled growing violence in the northern Myanmar state of Rakhine and Bangladesh aboard boats operated by smugglers in the Bay of Bengal. The UN agency has voiced grave concern of the lives of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippines on Sunday officially began a nationwide 150-day ban on the carrying of firearms in public areas in preparation for congressional and local elections slated for mid-May. Only top-officials, military and police entities will be exempt from the law's proscriptive scope, which punishes violators with up to a … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday called on authorities in Myanmar to drop charges against nine peaceful protesters [press release] who are facing criminal charges for demonstrating without a permit in Rangoon in September on International Peace Day. The demonstrators were calling for peace in Myanmar's war-torn … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday expressed serious concern [press release] regarding the inefficacy of the allocation of state and donor resources used for the reconstruction of Haiti after a massive January 2010 earthquake [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] displaced more than 2.3 million people. AI estimates that … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice [official website] on Monday called on the government of Tunisia [OHCHR country profile] to adopt stronger constitutional measures to combat gender inequality [press release] and discrimination, while accelerating the participation of women in all aspects of … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday condemned [press release; UN News Centre report] the human rights record of people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling on the international community to make efforts to improve the situation. Pillay expressed concern that … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Georgia freed 190 people considered by parliament to be political prisoners on Sunday under an amnesty agreement. The amnesty was opposed by President Mikhail Saakashvili and has intensified a power struggle [Reuters report] within the country. Many of the prisoners who were released were arrested in … [read more]

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