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Legal news from Friday, July 22, 2011
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday certified [text, PDF] the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive], the controversial policy barring openly gay individuals from serving in the military. The repeal was also certified by newly sworn-in Defense Secretary Leon [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana (CEPEHRG) [advocacy website] warned Friday that the nation is on the verge of an "anti-gay hate campaign," following reports of government-endorsed anti-gay sentiments. A spokesperson for the CEPEHRG said that the nation's largely underground LGBT community is in a panic [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) in conjunction with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday accusing soldiers in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) of committing mass rape in last summer's [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] "proxy access" rule. The rule allowed certain shareholders to have their board nominees listed on company-mailed proxy ballots that also list the management's [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Following Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez's resignation [JURIST report] in April, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) [official website] charged 111 officials who served under him with corruption on Thursday. Sixty-seven were charged [El Sol de Mexico report, in Spanish] with fraud while others were charged with varying offenses including [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A North Dakota judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction [press release] against a state law [HB 1297 text] that effectively bans non-surgical abortions [JURIST news archive]. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) [advocacy website] filed a complaint [text] challenging the North Dakota and seeking an injunction [JURIST report] [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A proposed Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law [text, in Arabic] would allow authorities to prosecute anti-government protestors, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Friday. AI revealed that the Draft Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing of Terrorism seeks to punish those who "question the integrity of the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Goran Hadzic [ICTY backgrounder] was extradited to The Hague [press release] on Friday, where he now awaits trial for war crimes [indictment text]. Hadzic was the last fugitive of the original 161 sought for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] and [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio voters will decide whether to repeal a law [SB 5 text, PDF] limiting the collective bargaining rights of state workers after opponents of the bill gathered 915,456 signatures [press release] Thursday, almost 700,000 more than the required 231,147 signatures. The bill was passed [JURIST report] in March, but [read more]

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