Legal news from Sunday, February 3, 2013
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court [official website] on Sunday postponed ruling whether the legislative constitutional assembly that just last week drafted a new charter was legitimate. The judges claimed a crowd of Islamists outside the courthouse of had intimidated the judges and blocked the entrance to the courthouse. The judges [read more]

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[JURIST] Somalia's new prime minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid, said Sunday that the Somali authorities would become more involved in protecting rape victims [statement] following intense criticism after the arrests of a woman allegedly gang-raped by soldiers and the journalist who interviewed her. The trial of an unidentified 27-year-old woman, [read more]

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[JURIST] The Iranian Parliament [official website, in Persian] on Sunday voted 192-56 to impeach the country's labor minister, Abdolreza Sheikholeslami, because he appointed an official who was implicated in the deaths of anti-government prisoners in 2010. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [JURIST news archive] said that this constituted an abuse of power [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday urged Afghanistan [press release] to make meaningful reforms to end the use of torture in government detention centers. HRW called attention to a UN report [text; JURIST report] released last month that more than half of pre-trial detainees being held in [read more]

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