Legal news from Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Wednesday over reports that three Palestinians being held in Israeli custody are in poor health. Tarek Qa'adan and Jafar Azzidine have been on hunger strike for 78 days and Samer Al-Issawi has been on partial [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday granted class action status [opinion, PDF] to a lawsuit brought to stop the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] from continuing its "stop-and-frisk" practice outside of apartment buildings in the [read more]

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[JURIST] Military lawyers from the US Navy on Tuesday said that surveillance equipment deployed throughout the Guantanamo Bay detention center [JURIST backgrounder] was not used to breach attorney-client privilege. The officials indicated that devices used to record audio and video were routinely placed throughout the detention center, but they were [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was fined $2,000 on Wednesday for contempt of court after a hearing in Kiev. The judge assessed [Kiev Post report] the fine after the hearing, which was being held in connection with an investigation of the murder of [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted 78-22 [roll call] on Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [S 47, PDF] which expired in 2011. Last year the Republican-led House of Representatives [official website] and the Democratic-controlled Senate both passed renewal bills, but they were unable to reach [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Israel violated of the laws of war [press release] with at least 18 airstrikes launched during the November 2012 fighting in Gaza [JURIST news archive]. HRW stated that the airstrikes killed at least 43 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children. The [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] unveiled a report [text, PDF] Wednesday criticizing Sri Lanka for failing to investigate widespread reports of killings and other atrocities during the latter days of the nation's 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Tuesday that the death toll resulting from two years of armed conflict in Syria is approaching 70,000. The conflict and subsequent deaths arose out of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC backgrounder], which began with peaceful [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday said Yemen authorities failed to investigate top officials [press release] in the shooting deaths of 45 anti-government demonstrators killed in the country's "Friday of Dignity Massacre" in March 2011. The report [text, PDF], entitled "Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] called Tuesday for significant alterations [press release] to India's new criminal law on violence against women. The new law [text] was signed [JURIST report] by President Pranab Mukherjee [official website] in early February. The rights groups contend that the [read more]

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