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Legal news from Thursday, February 7, 2013
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation [BBC report] for crimes he committed [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed concern [press release] over the death sentence [JURIST report] imposed by the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICBT) [Facebook page; JURIST news archive] on Abdul Kalam Azad for crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Christof Heynes, the UN Special [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on Thursday to block a portion of Alabama's latest immigration law [HB 658 text] that requires law enforcement to publish a list of immigrants who may be undocumented. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Wednesday welcomed [UN News Centre report] the activation of a mechanism to simplify the means to report human rights abuses to the international community. The instrument, called the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights [text, PDF], was developed in 2008 [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A civilian committee tasked with investigating Israel's 2010 flotilla raid [UN report, PDF; JURIST news archive] on several Turkish ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip concluded [report, PDF] on Wednesday that investigations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] of alleged war crimes violations meet the standards [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta [case material] on Wednesday filed a motion in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] asking for a review of the court's decision to proceed with the trial against Kenyatta. The defense claimed that the prosecution's evidence is fraudulent [AP report], especially [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court [official website] on Thursday ordered Libyan officials to hand over the former intelligence chief for Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] and allow him to meet with his lawyer. The ex-spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], has been indicted by the ICC for crimes [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it supports the Libyan General National Congress' decision to form an elected body that will be tasked with writing the country's new constitution. The UNSMIL called the decision an important step in creating a government [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday filed a complaint in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] challenging their conviction. They contend [Telegraph report] that their conviction violates four articles of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF]: the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] heard arguments on Wednesday in a case challenging the US' authority to detain suspected terrorists indefintely. The law would allow authorities to detain certain suspects indefinitely if they are found to have aided al Qaeda, the Taliban or [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an Iraqi government lawsuit accusing numerous business entities of conspiring with Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to disrupt the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive], thereby [read more]

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