Legal news from Friday, June 7, 2013

[JURIST] Cambodia's National Assembly [official website] unanimously approved a bill on Friday making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] regime. The bill passed while minority leaders were excluded from the legislature. Critics including Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] allege [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Friday that the Singapore government's new licensing requirements [text, PDF] for news sources impinges on free speech [press release]. By placing a registration fee on sources that meet threshold levels of Internet traffic [MDA fact sheet], HRW believes the government will have … [read more]

[JURIST] Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin [official website] signed a bill [H.200, PDF] on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermont became the seventeenth state in the US [Reuters report] to decriminalize marijuana, adding to a growing trend of more lenient drug laws and regulations. Under the new legislation … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN released a letter [text, PDF] on Thursday from UN human rights experts voicing their concern that two Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been charged by Russian prosecutors following their involvement with the UN Committee against Torture [official website]. The Anti-Discrimination Centre Memorial in St. Petersburg and the … [read more]

[JURIST] New Mexico Attorney General Gary King [official profile] said Thursday that New Mexico law does not necessarily allow same-sex marriages [press release]. The statement does not directly comment on the matter, as it was made in response to a pending lawsuit in New Mexico brought by a same-sex couple. … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] released a statement [text] on Thursday reenforcing the need for any new Egyptian draft law should respect human rights standards. The statement came as concern over increased convictions of international NGO personnel mounts. Ban reiterated the UN's commitment to helping the Egyptian government … [read more]

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