Legal news from Saturday, February 9, 2013

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] lauded [press release] Myanmar's government on Friday for its decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases. The committee will determine whether to grant amnesty to Myanmar's political prisoners, many of whom were allegedly falsely charged or convicted of a serious offense, … [read more]

[JURIST] United Nations (UN) [official website] Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday condemned [UN News Centre report] a mortar attack on Camp Liberty, an Iranian exile camp near the Iraq capital Baghdad. The attack reportedly killed six people and injured several others. The camp functions as a temporary … [read more]

[JURIST] Afzal Guru [One India profile], a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament [BBC report], was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official website], turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's administrative court ordered the country's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) [official website, in Arabic] on Friday to block YouTube [official website] because it carried the controversial amateur film Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder]. The amateur film sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year for portraying the … [read more]

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