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Legal news from Wednesday, November 21, 2012
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Bahrain has failed to meet its obligations and promises to ensure respect for human rights and prevent further torture within the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] stated in a 39-page briefing [text, PDF] released on Wednesday. Contrary to the government's commitment to implementing the recommendations set forth [JURIST [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday granted [opinion, PDF] a motion by several Airlines for summary judgment in a negligence claim stemming form the 9/11 terrorist attack [JURIST backgrounder] negligence claim. Lessee of 7 World Trade Center [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Tuesday ruled that a former Somali military colonel was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s. Colonel Abdi Aden Magan did not present any evidence [AP report] to [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was executed at a prison in India Wednesday hours after President Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official website] finally rejected the gunman's clemency appeal. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab [WSJ backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was hanged [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to institute a moratorium on further executions [press release] after eight men were hanged, marking an end of Afghanistan's four-year virtual moratorium on the death penalty. Human rights advocacy groups, such as HRW, see this mass execution [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted two cases [order list, PDF] on Tuesday. In Horne v. Department of Agriculture [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will hear its second case of the term on the Fifth Amendment [text] takings clause. The court will consider whether a party can [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday issued a report [text, PDF; press release] that describes the threat from and advocates for the ban of fully autonomous weapon systems. These weapons systems are essentially robots that would be able to operate without human direction or interaction, and while [read more]

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