Legal news from Friday, April 5, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) [official website] Plan B [official website] emergency contraception prescription requirement for adolescents under age 16 was "unjustified and burdensome." In 30 … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Friday approved a draft resolution [press release] urging all nations to establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view towards abolishing its application worldwide. Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website], Rupert … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday called for [press release] US authorities to close down the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prison camp, emphasizing the continued indefinite incarcerations of many detainees as a clear violation of international law. Of the 166 detainees in Guantanamo, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Dutch judge on Friday blocked the extradition to the US of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect until US authorities agree to provide post traumatic stress disorder treatment equal to what he is currently receiving. The suspect, known under Dutch privacy laws only as Sabir K., is accused of plotting … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official website] on Thursday gave final approval to a bill [text] that imposes tougher restrictions on obtaining a license to buy a firearm and bans certain types of rifles. Scheduled to go into effect October 1 of this year, the new law will limit magazines to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Lahore High Court in Pakistan [official website] on Thursday acquitted a Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy. Younis Masih has been in prison for six years. The charges against him stemmed from a incident in which allegedly interrupted a gathering of Sufi singing to make blasphemous remarks … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of prominent Chinese lawyers signed a letter on Friday calling on the Jinjiang People's Court [official website] to explain why it detained a lawyer who defended the Falun Gong [group website; BBC backgrounder], which is banned in China. An online statement from the court said that Wang … [read more]

[JURIST] France's Senate [official website, in French] on Thursday commenced debate of a bill [text, in French] that would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] and allow same-sex couples to adopt children. The bill came before the upper house of parliament after approval [JURIST report] in February by France's lower house … [read more]

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