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Legal news from Friday, November 4, 2011
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] has opened an investigation into whether Apple and Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] have breached EU antitrust laws in their dispute over smartphone patents. The investigation could potentially force Samsung to halt action [FOSS Patents report] against Apple over smartphone patents in the EU. The [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] expressed concern [UN News Centre report] Friday over the protection of individuals' rights in Iran. The committee, composed of independent experts, has recently examined Iran's progress in adopting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) [text]. Committee members expressed concern [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese copper mining companies in Zambia routinely violate national and international labor standards [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The report describes poor health and safety standards, regular 12-hour and 18-hour work shifts, and anti-union activity. Workers also reportedly face the threat of [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Cuban government on Thursday announced the passage of a bill that will modify its housing law to allow permanent residents of the country to buy and sell their homes [AIN report, in Spanish] at will. The new law, which will take effect on November 10, will still limit [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] voted Friday to delay debate [press release] on a draft law that would change the way the criminal code punishes economic and administrative crimes and could result in the release of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [JURIST news archive]. Instead of punishing certain economic [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Syria announced on Friday that insurgents who have revolted against the government of president Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] may qualify for amnesty if they turn themselves into authorities by next Saturday, November 12. This plea follows what have been some of the deadliest clashes of a movement that [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O'Connor [official profile], on Thursday opened the first meeting [press release] of the state's death panel review committee by reiterating that the purpose of the committee is not to question whether Ohio should have the death penalty [JURIST news archive], [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] Bangladesh to stop the harassment of defense counsel and witnesses to preserve legitimacy of the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [official Facebook page]. HRW pointed to reports that defense counsel and witnesses have been threatened with violence [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday declined to hear the government's appeal in the extradition of accused al Qaeda arms supplier Abdullah Khadr, bringing to a close efforts to extradite him to the US. The appeal was brought by Canada's attorney general on behalf of the [read more]

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