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Legal news from Thursday, July 9, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Thursday accepted a petition challenging a lower court ruling declaring [JURIST report] India's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. Sushil Kumar Kaushal asked the Court to set aside a ruling [judgment, PDF] by the Delhi High Court [official website], which found that Section 377 [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh should improve their war crimes laws [letter text] to bring justice to victims of the 1971 War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] from Pakistan, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [BBC profile] Wednesday. The rights group sent a letter to Hasina applauding the government's commitment [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A collection of advocacy groups filed suit Thursday against New Mexico and Indiana [complaints, PDF] alleging that the states have failed to comply with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) [text] by not providing voter registration cards at public assistance agencies. Commonly known as the "Motor Voter [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian lawmakers passed a controversial new anti-terrorism Tuesday law that rights groups claim will negatively affect human rights in the country. Ethiopian authorities responded [VOA report] Wednesday to a recent Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] report [text], which expressed concern that the law could "punish political speech and peaceful [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Wednesday approved [vote, in French] a new version [text, in French] of a controversial Internet piracy law after portions of it were rejected [decision, in French; JURIST report] last month by France's Constitutional Council [official website]. The original law subjected violators [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Kosovo court on Wednesday began trial of three former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members accused of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 Balkan ethnic conflicts [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The trial, being held in the Kosovo's District Court of Prishtina, involves a mixed team made up of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A commission created by the French National Assembly [official websites, in French] began hearings Wednesday to consider whether to enact laws banning the wearing of burqas [JURIST news archive] or other "full veils." The commission heard testimony from anthropologist Dounia Bouzar [video, in French; TIME profile] who suggested that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the state of Washington's mandates prohibiting patient discrimination and requiring that pharmacies deliver lawfully-prescribed, approved medications. Under the rules, pharmacists are not required [WAC § 246-863-095 text] to dispense medication if they personally [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] People arrested in Iran after last month's disputed presidential election [JURIST news archive] have been beaten, deprived of sleep, and threatened with torture in an effort to force false confessions, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW alleges that Iranian authorities [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced Tuesday his intent to nominate [press release] war crimes prosecutor Stephen Rapp [official profile] as Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. In this position, Rapp will head the Office of War Crimes Issues at the US Department of State [official website], [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Wednesday that it is still seeking the arrest [press release] of Ugandan rebel leader and war crimes suspect Joseph Kony [BBC profile] and his deputies, four years after warrants for the men were issued by the court. Kony, leader of the [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] John Harris, former chief of staff to Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [court website]. The guilty plea is the first in the high-profile case [DOJ [read more]

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