Weekday News Wrap: Friday, March 15, 2013
- French President Hollande has joined the UK’s David Cameron in calling on the EU to lift the arms embargo on Syria, to enable them to arm the rebels.
- Israel’s military intelligence chief has warned against arming the rebels and has claimed that Iran is sponsoring a Hezbollah-run “people’s army” of 50,000 to fight in Syria on the side of the government forces.
- The UK’s Justice Secretary wants to attract more “forum shoppers” to the UK and actively promote (commercial) legal services as an important UK export industry.
- The United Nations expert on torture has called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the practice of solitary confinement and its harmful effects in the Americas, and asked for stronger regulation of its use.
- The ECHR Blog points readers to new and updated fact-sheets at the Court.
- In other news at the ECHR, the Court upheld (.pdf) The Pirate Bay co-founders’ criminal conviction for aiding copyright infringement on the Internet, declaring the application inadmissible.
- The head of the UNDP, Helen Clark, has said there is increasing evidence to show that the US-led “war on drugs” has failed, often “creating more problems than it solves.”
- The meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora was by many accounts a success, with a pledge from Thailand to end its domestic ivory trade and a historic agreement to restrict the commercial trade in sharks and manta rays.
- Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood warns that a U.N. declaration on the status of women could destroy society by allowing a woman to travel, work and use contraception without her husband’s approval and letting her control family spending.