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Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Saturday urged immediate restoration of constitutional order [press release] in Guinea-Bissau [BBC backgrounder]. The presidential statement condemned the April 12 coup, during which the military took over the government, detained officials, including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously approved a resolution [press release] Saturday to send 300 unarmed soldiers and other civilian aid to Syria for 90 days to supervise the implementation of a peace plan. The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will track whether Syrian officials follow the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Supreme Court [official website] issued an order Monday dismissing its review of two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law [Wisconsin Act 23; JURIST news archive], leaving state appellate courts to decide whether to lift an injunction [JURIST report] against the law. In the two cases, NAACP … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Danish authorities failed to examine possible racist motivations behind an attack on an Iraqi refugee family in Denmark in 2004, according to an opinion [doc] published by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [official website]. Iraqi-born Mahali Dawas, his wife and eight children were attacked … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether, under the Copyright Act [text], a copyrighted work obtained legally outside the US may be sold in the US without the copyright … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Vietnamese prosecutors on Monday charged three bloggers with spreading pro-democracy propaganda in violation of the country's criminal law. Bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai, alias Anhbasg, and Ta Phong Tan [blogs, in Vietnamese] are scheduled to begin their trials on April 17 in the People's … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced Chinese housing activist and lawyer, Ni Yulan, to two years and eight months in prison on charges of fraud and "inciting a disturbance" in Beijing. Ni's husband, Dong Jiqin, was also sentenced to two years in prison on similar charges. Ni and her … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Tuesday that five terrorism suspects facing extradition from the UK to the US will not face inhumane prison conditions [judgment text] in the US. The court held that British citizens Syed Talha Ahsan, Babar Ahmad [advocacy website; BBC profile], … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Israeli justice minister has proposed a bill that would allow the Israeli Knesset to reinstate laws that have been struck down by the Israeli Supreme Court [official websites]. Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman [official profile] last week proposed the bill, which would give parliament authority to overturn Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federal [official website, in Russian] on Monday dismissed all charges [press release, in Russian] against a Russian doctor accused of negligence in the death of former Russian lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive], who died [JURIST report] in a Moscow … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Tuesday granted prosecutors' warrant petition for the arrest of a former leader of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounders]. Prosecutors have accused 64-year-old Abul Kalam Azad, also … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Solitary confinement conditions in Arizona's maximum security prisons violate international human rights law, according to a report [text] published Monday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report describes isolation conditions in maximum security prisons run by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website], especially the Arizona State … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Mali leader announced on Sunday that he would reinstate the country's 1992 Constitution [text, PDF, in French] and create a transitional government to hold elections. Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led Malian soldiers in a military coup [JURIST report] last month, made the promise one day before the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a Palestinian family's appeal claiming ownership of a historic property in Jerusalem. The Husseini family claimed that they are the rightful heirs and owners of land that was once the Shepherd Hotel, also known as the former residence of Hajj … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The number of worldwide executions increased from 2010 to 2011 [AI report, PDF], while the number of recorded death sentences decreased, according to an annual death penalty [JURIST news archive] report published Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. There were 676 executions globally in 2011, with 18,750 people … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] has ordered Google Inc. [corporate website] to remove certain search terms that a Japanese man has claimed violate his privacy. The plaintiff, whose name has not been released, petitioned the Tokyo court to order Google to remove his name [Kyodo report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Slovenians voted in a national referendum on Sunday against amendments to the country's family law that would have increased the rights granted to same-sex couples. The proposed Family Code [text, DOC, in Slovenian] passed the Slovenian Parliament [official website, in Slovenian] last year under former prime minister Borut Pahor … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug [official website, in Turkish] appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday for the beginning of his trial on terrorism charges. The hearing before the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court occurred in a courtroom at the Silivri prison, where Basbug has been held [Reuters report] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Military forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) committed human rights violations during last year's presidential elections, according to a report [text, PDF] published Tuesday by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), consisting of the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Madagascar court on Monday began the trial of a former International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] judge accused of planning an attempted coup in the country. Raymond Ranjeva, who served as an ICJ judge from 1991 to 2009, and his daughter, Riana Ratsisalovanina, appeared in court on … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Serbian General Ljubisa Dikovic [official profile, in Serbian] on Monday brought a libel suit against the head of a Serbian human rights group that accused him of failing to prevent war crimes in 1998 and 1999 during the war in Kosovo [JURIST news archive]. Natasa Kandic, director of the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A Swiss judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] resigned [press release] on Monday over a dispute with a Cambodian ECCC judge. International Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet said that he faced ongoing resistance from National Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng concerning … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] An Istanbul court on Monday ordered four Turkish journalists to be released from prison while they wait for their trial to resume. Journalists Ahmet Sik, Nedim Sener, Coskun Musluk and Sait Cakir were released [Hurriyet Daily News report], although nine other journalists remain in prison. The journalists were arrested … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [official websites] and 49 state attorneys general on Monday filed in federal court a proposed $25 billion settlement agreement [official website] with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Swiss voters in a referendum on Sunday supported proposed changes to a Swiss law that imposes heavy fines for people who protest without prior governmental authorization. About 55 percent of voters [Expatica report] in Geneva agreed to allow the government to impose a fine of 100,000 Swiss Francs, or … [read more]

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