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Legal news from Wednesday, July 13, 2011
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A polygamous family filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] seeking to overturn the state's prohibition on bigamy [Utah Code 76-7-101] as a violation of their civil rights. While the complaint acknowledges that the US Supreme [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] opposition forces in Libya to protect civilians in controlled areas and hold accountable those rebel forces responsible for abusing civilians as well as looting and arson. Rebel fighters have reportedly committed abuses against civilians and civilian property in [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The State Council Information Office (SICO) [official website, in Chinese] of China said Wednesday that they are in the process of drafting a new human rights plan to be fully implemented by 2015. Declaring the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (NHRAP) [text] of 2009 completed [press release, [read more]

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[JURIST] The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people persists in the US [press release, PDF] and that violence disproportionately impacted transgender people and minorities. The report [text, PDF] presented findings that hate violence against LGBT individuals [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled Tuesday that abuses by members of the military should be tried in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. The court issued a unanimous ruling ordering that military officers and personnel be tried in civilian courts [LAT report] when accused [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) [advocacy websites] said Wednesday the Myanmar military is committing war crimes [press release] by forcing convicts to serve as porters on the front lines. In a report [text, PDF] entitled "Dead Men Walking: Convict Porters on the Front [read more]

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[JURIST] Judge Burton Lifland of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] approved the first settlement payments to victims of the $65 billion Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] Ponzi scheme, sending payments of approximately $200,000 to 1,224 claimants on Tuesday. Lifland also authorized a [read more]

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[JURIST] Bangladesh prosecutors on Tuesday filed war crime charges in the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [facebook page] against Delwar Hossain Sayedee for genocide, murder and rape allegedly committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Sayedee is a senior leader of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) [read more]

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