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Legal news from Friday, October 8, 2010
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was announced Friday as the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize [press release], "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." Liu has been one of China's most prominent dissidents. He spent two [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] voted Thursday to support increased government scrutiny [resolution text] of deepwater drilling off Europe's coasts, but voted not to ban the practice as the Environmental Committee had urged [press release]. The resolution [AFP report], passed in response to April's Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday upheld [opinion, PDF] Washington's ban on voting by felons, reversing a prior ruling by a three-judge panel. That ban is enshrined in Article VI of the state constitution [text], which bars from voting, "All persons convicted [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hold a hearing October 18 to decide whether to consider an appeal [JURIST report] filed in May by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenging her continued house arrest. The hearing will occur [AFP report] less [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled Friday that proceedings can continue [press release] against accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The trial chamber had ordered Lubanga's release in July after previously ordering a stay [JURIST reports] in [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday requested UN assistance in relocating former Rwandan transportation minister Andre Ntagerura [ICTR materials]. Ntagerura is presently living in Tanzania, with the ICTR paying for his accommodations. He was acquitted in 2004 of charges of playing a role in [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The majority of Bolivian newspapers engaged in a joint protest Thursday against a proposed anti-racism law [text, PDF; in Spanish] that they claim would damage freedom of expression. The newspapers shared one message on their front page, "There is no democracy without freedom of expression," in response [Los Tiempos [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a provision of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive] requiring all individuals to maintain health insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The League of Human Rights (LDH) [advocacy website, in French] on Thursday accused French authorities of improperly collecting DNA samples from Roma migrants [JURIST news archive]. French police may collect samples of genetic material from indicted individuals, though the organization contends that police have subjected the Roma to such [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] on Thursday that it has secured INTERPOL [official website] red notices [official backgrounder] for five Pakistani citizens, including two military officials, for their suspected involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed [read more]

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