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Legal News
10 Apr 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the use of the death penalty declined worldwide in 2012 despite some setbacks. In its annual review of death sentences and executions [report, PDF], AI concluded that at least 682 individuals were executed in 2012. Twenty-one countries carried out … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] Tunisian authorities to repeal a law that criminalizes defamation. The call comes after two Tunisian citizens were charged with defamation for publicly exposing alleged wrongdoing of Tunisian officials. The men face up to two years in prison if … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mexico's Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] voted 376-56 [press release, in Spanish] on Tuesday to remove criminal immunity for federal lawmakers. The bill, which contains proposed amendments to the country's constitution, seeks to subject federal senators and deputies to the criminal justice system. The lawmakers, including high-ranking … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Legislators from UN member states on Tuesday discussed the importance of laws [press release] against sexual, domestic and gender violence during the second day of the UN women's commission annual session. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women [official … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Bahrain Higher Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted two police officers in the shooting death of a Shiite protester during the nation's pro-democracy protests in Manama that began in February 2011. Bahraini lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi [twitter account, in Arabic] who represented the protester's family, said the Bahrain court concluded … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of four Kenyans accused of committing crimes against humanity. Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta [case materials], who is one of the four men charged, asked the ICC earlier this month … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Arkansas House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 80-10 in favor of a bill [HB 1037, PDF] that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life. The bill, commonly referred to as The Pain … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Mexican security forces have enforced or participated in widespread "disappearances" [press release] in which individuals are taken against their will, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Wednesday. The rights group has documented at least 250 "disappearances" [report, PDF] since 2007. In most of these cases, security forces failed … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a woman in a same-sex relationship could adopt her partner's biological child [press release, PDF]. The court held that Austria's existing ban on the practice, also called successive adoption, violated Articles 8 and 14 of the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] UN experts on Tuesday urged [press release] the US House of Representatives [official website] to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [S 47, PDF] which expired in 2011. The bill is intended to increase protections for Native American and Alaskan Native women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] said Tuesday that the death toll resulting from two years of armed conflict in Syria is approaching 70,000. The conflict and subsequent deaths arose out of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC backgrounder], which began with peaceful … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday said Yemen authorities failed to investigate top officials [press release] in the shooting deaths of 45 anti-government demonstrators killed in the country's "Friday of Dignity Massacre" in March 2011. The report [text, PDF], entitled "Unpunished Massacre: Yemen's Failed Response to the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Turkey to move more quickly in its efforts to reform legislation. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland [official profile], speaking at a conference in Ankara, emphasized the importance of reform in the laws governing freedom of expression and anti-terrorism, and the pressing … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The UK Parliament [official website] voted 400-175 [press release] on Tuesday in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The legislation [HC Bill 126, text], which was introduced late last month [JURIST report], would extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 [materials] to same-sex couples … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday accepted a plea agreement [DOJ press release] between British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Myanmar repealed a law on Tuesday that was used by the nation's military junta to impose long prison sentences on dissidents. The law, which was revoked by President Thein Sein [BBC profile], banned protests against the national convention and allowed for prison sentences of up to 20 years for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prison of conspiring to torture detainees has paid $5.28 million to detainees held at the prison and other US detention centers in Iraq. The detainees filed suit against two military … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that overcrowding in Italy's prisons violates the basic rights of inmates. Seven inmates at two Italian prisons filed complaints against the Italian government in 2009, alleging that the prison cells were overcrowded and that there … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a request by Apple Inc. to permanently enjoin sales of Samsung [corporate website] smartphones. US District Judge Lucy Koh concluded that Apple had not presented sufficient evidence to show … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday granted [opinion, PDF] permission to Texas officials to immediately appeal a ruling [JURIST report] that rejected a Texas law [SB 14 text] requiring voters to present photo identification to election officials before … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal rule requiring mobile-data providers to offer roaming agreements to other providers on "commercially reasonable" terms. In April 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] adopted the data roaming … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Iranian lawyer and prominent human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday ended a 49-day hunger strike in protest of her prison conditions and a travel ban imposed on her family. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern [press release] for … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied a request [order, PDF] by the state of Alabama to reconsider its August ruling partially striking down [JURIST report] the state's immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. The original challenge was brought by advocacy groups, including … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Egyptian Court of Cassation on Wednesday suspended work until President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] rescinds a decree he issued [JURIST report] last week that removes judicial review of his actions and vastly expands his power, according to Egypt's state television. In addition to these highest … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) [union website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] challenging the constitutionality of a controversial law [text] limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The WLEA is challenging the law, also known as … [read more]

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