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Brazil senate approves Internet privacy bill
2:11 PM ET, April 23
[JURIST] The Senate of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday passed a bill [press release, in Portuguese] that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law [materials, in Portuguese] also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their users and requires providers to remove offensive materials following court orders. President Dilma Rousseff signed the bill into law on Wednesday. Recent events such as allegations that the National Security...... [full story]

Europe rights body criticizes Azerbaijan for abuses
1:25 PM ET, April 23
[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report [text, PDF] on the country published in August. Muiznieks was highly critical of journalist repression and reiterated the recommendations that he previously made in his report. Recent journalist arrests reinforced...... [full story]

Bangladesh court orders former PM to stand trial for corruption
1:18 PM ET, April 23
[JURIST] Bangladesh's High Court ruled Wednesday that former prime minister Khaleda Zia [Forbes profile; JURIST news archive] must stand trial on corruption charges. Zia and three other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been accused of embezzling funds [JURIST report] from a charitable trust named after Zia's deceased husband, former president Ziaur Rahman [NYT obituary]. The court rejected [AFP report] Zia's attempt to halt the trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday. Her lawyer now plans an...... [full story]

AI: Qatar failing to protect migrant domestic workers from exploitation
12:37 PM ET, April 23
[JURIST] Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [report, PDF] released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Qatar," reveals evidence that domestic workers in Qatar face what can amount to forced labor and human trafficking. The country does not limit working hours for domestic workers, and...... [full story]

Russia court finds opposition leader guilty of slander
11:04 AM ET, April 22
[JURIST] Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny [JURIST news archive] guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit [RFE/RL report] after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account [personal account, in Russian], calling the deputy a drug addict. Nekryach found that the comment constituted slander and ordered Navalny to pay a 300,000 ruble (USD $8,350) fine. In February a Moscow...... [full story]

Saudi Arabia court hands down death sentences for 2003 attacks
11:03 AM ET, April 22
[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced three people to death for their roles in attacks on expatriate resident compounds in Riyadh in May 2003, bringing the total death sentences to eight. Another 77 people have been sentenced to prison terms [Al AP report] ranging from two to 35 years by the court, which was created to handle terrorism cases. The 2003 attacks, in which terrorists set off explosives in three residential compounds in north-eastern Riyadh that left 35...... [full story]

South Sudan rebels engaged in ethnic killings: UN
10:28 AM ET, April 21
[JURIST] The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] on Monday alleged that armed rebels engaged in ethnically targeted killings [press release, PDF] during a raid on the northern city of Bentiu last week, resulting in more than 200 civilian deaths and 400 injuries. Rebels loyal to deposed vice president Riek Marchar reportedly sought to capture Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, in order to seize [AFP report] the city's significant oil fields and installations. The UN reported that...... [full story]

Egypt court sentences 23 Islamists to prison
2:23 PM ET, April 20
[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 23 people, alleged to be members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], to three and a half years each in prison. The accused were imprisoned in connection with protests last November against the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. They were found guilty of several charges [Reuters report], including attacking security forces and "thuggery." Among those sentenced was Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy, who...... [full story]

Proposed Brazil anti-terrorism law sparks human rights concerns
12:41 PM ET, April 20
[JURIST] A new anti-terrorism bill presented in the Brazilian National Congress [official website, in Portuguese] on Saturday shortly before the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to begin in June has raised concern among human rights groups who allege the law threatens [Amnesty International press release] free speech and peaceful assembly. Brazilian lawmakers argue the legislation is required to fill a missing piece [UK Guardian report] in the Brazilian legal system as the country's international exposure grows. Additionally, supporters of the...... [full story]

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