Legal news from Sunday, October 27, 2013

[JURIST] A Bahrain appellate court on Sunday reduced the prison sentences of two police officers convicted of torturing and murdering a detainee after opposition protests in March 2011. The lower court sentenced the officers to seven years in prison in December, but the appellate court reportedly reduced the sentences [AFP … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Olivier De Schutter, on Friday praised the international community's collective adoption of laws, policies and strategies further entrenching the right to food over the past decade. De Schutter emphasized [press release] in his final report to the UN General … [read more]

[JURIST] The top official for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) [official website], Martin Kobler, on Saturday condemned [press release] a series of attacks perpetrated by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which resulted in the deaths of 34 civilians, including 20 children, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website], Tomas Ojea Quintana, warned [press release] on Friday that sectarian violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State [Economist backgrounder] is contributing to wider anti-Muslim sentiments in Myanmar, threatening the positive changes undertaken … [read more]

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