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[JURIST] The Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) [advocacy website, in French] Tuesday called for a judicial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the passage of a public referendum to adopt a new constitution. The group released a report that says it has evidence authorities used the state machinery to influence the [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed support [UN News Centre report] Tuesday for Senegal's decision not to send former dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] back to Chad, where he is wanted for war crimes. She stressed, though, that Habre should not [read more]

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[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 482 to 27 [materials, in French] to authorize France's continued participation in NATO operations in Libya. The military intervention began on March 19 in response to violent reactions from Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] [read more]

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[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and two Cabinet officials of corruption and sentenced them to various prison terms. Nazif was sentenced to one year [Reuters report], while former interior minister Habib el Adly, who is already serving a 12-year prison sentence, was sentenced [read more]

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[JURIST] Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] filed a complaint against HTC [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] Friday with the US International Trade Commission [official website] (USITC) for patent infringement related to scrolling and touchscreen features. HTC denied [Dow Jones report] this claim. This is the second suit that Apple has brought [read more]

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[JURIST] Five Somali men went on trial [Reuters report] Tuesday in a Dutch court on charges of maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] related to hijacking a South African yacht and kidnapping its crew. The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service [official website, in Dutch] spokesman, Wim De Bruin, said [statement, video] the [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] proposed a bill on Tuesday calling for, among other penalties, chemical castration of individuals convicted of sexual offenses against children. The bill, which seeks to deter such crimes, was sent to the State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower [read more]

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[JURIST] Gay rights group Lambda Legal [advocacy website] filed a petition for writ of certiorari [text, PDF] Monday with the US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] to review Adar v. Smith [backgrounder], involving a same-sex couple who want both their names on the birth certificate of an adopted [read more]

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[JURIST] The US is violating UN laws governing torture investigations [press release] by insisting on monitoring conversations with an imprisoned army private, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez said Tuesday. Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] is accused of leaking a controversial classified video [YouTube video] of [read more]

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[JURIST] A coalition of Israeli rights groups led by Gush Shalom [advocacy website, in Hebrew] filed a challenge Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] to a new law banning boycotts to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli Knesset [official website] passed the law [read more]

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[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [case materials] on Tuesday that online auction company eBay [corporate website] may be liable for trademark infringement on the part its users. L'Oreal [corporate website], the world's largest cosmetics producer, is accusing [press release, PDF] eBay of facilitating the sale [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Obama administration to begin a criminal investigation into alleged detainee abuses authorized by former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] following the 9/11 terrorist attacks [JURIST news archive]. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Getting [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Monday ordered [text, PDF] the Obama administration to say whether it plans to defend the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive] policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in [read more]

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