Legal news from Saturday, February 2, 2013

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website, in French] voted on Saturday to approve an article that would redefine marriage as between two people, rather than one man and one woman. The article [BBC report] is part of a larger bill [text, in French] to legalize same-sex marriage in France. The … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng [official profile] on Friday warned of an increased risk of reprisal attacks [press release, PDF] against ethnic Tuareg and Arab civilian populations in the northern regions of Mali. When fighting broke out between government forces and Tuareg rebels in … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Giza, Egypt, on Saturday sentenced former interior minister Habib el-Adly [JURIST news archive] to three years in prison for abusing his position by forcing public officials to work on his home and property, which the court found was an illegal use of labor. El-Adly, who worked … [read more]

[JURIST] The top court in Ontario on Friday upheld [judgment] Canada's general ban on marijuana, reversing a lower court decision which held that the nation's marijuana laws were unconstitutional [JURIST report]. The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] held [Ottawa Citizen report] that although a total ban on the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released [press release] its annual World Report [materials] on Thursday, emphasizing the need for emerging governments in the Middle East and North Africa to develop strong human rights commitments in the wake of the series of revolutions in 2011 known as the Arab … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) [official website, database] said Thursday that Greece must improve detention conditions [press release] for migrants and effectively implement recent legislative developments to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers. The WGAD, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council [official website], visited Greece for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Milan Court of Appeals [official website, in Italian] on Friday convicted three Americans for their roles in the 2003 rendition kidnapping [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Due to diplomatic immunity, all three men had been acquitted in the previous trial … [read more]

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