Legal news from Monday, February 11, 2013

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on human rights in Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, on Sunday expressed concern [UN News Centre report] regarding the arrest and detention of political opposition figures by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). According to media sources, pro-democracy protesters have publicly demonstrated [Reuters report] against … [read more]

[JURIST] If Scotland became independent it would have to reapply for European Union (EU) [official website] membership, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by the HM Treasury [official website], the UK's economic and finance ministry. A referendum on Scottish independence is scheduled [IBT report] for fall 2014. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] on Friday released a report [text, PDF] urging greater efforts to end forced labor. The ILO estimates that 21 million people are subject to forced labor, which often includes human trafficking for labor exploitation. The report stressed the need for more … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the private sale of medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] is illegal. The court granted an injunction enjoining the defendants' business, Compassionate Apothecary (CA) [website], from selling medical marijuana because such sales constitute a public nuisance. The CA is … [read more]

[JURIST] An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report [text, PDF] released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai [official website] had ordered … [read more]

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