July 1, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday upheldSpain's ban of Basque political groups Batasuna and Herri Batasuna for their alleged ties to Basque separatist group ETA. In Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain, the ECHR considered the political groups' argument that... ...[read more]
June 30, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Monday that they would attempt to charge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with genocide. The announcement came after the ICC ruled last week to permit prosecutors to appeal the decision not to issue genocide charges against al-Bashir. ...[read more]
June 24, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
A Bosnian state court on Tuesday refused to extradite former Croatian parliament deputy Branimir Glavas to Croatia to serve a sentence for war crimes. Glavas, who holds dual Bosnian and Croatian citizenship, fled to Bosnia to avoid serving his sentence for killing Serbs during the Croatian ...[read more]
June 23, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act, which grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certain authority to regulate tobacco products. In remarks delivered before signing, Obama stressed the importance of the new legislation, which ...[read more]
June 23, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday sentenced former Rwandan interior minister Callixte Kalimanzira to 30 years imprisonment on charges of genocide and public incitement. The three-judge panel of Trial Chambers III found that, because of his position as a government ...[read more]
June 17, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
A Sri Lanka government official announced Tuesday that an investigation into human rights abuses that allegedly occurred during the 25-year civil war between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had ended. A commission of inquiry, established in 2007 to investigate potential ...[read more]
June 17, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The Supreme Court of Georgia reversed Monday a lower court's order in a divorce case that prohibited the children of a divorced father to be in contact with his gay and lesbian acquaintances. The court disagreed with the qualified visitation rights granted to Eric Mongerson on the grounds that n... ...[read more]
June 16, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday ordered former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba to stand trial for the alleged commission of violent war crimes. The prosecution contends that Bemba's actions in the Central African Republic (CAR) as military leade... ...[read more]
June 10, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Tuesday that a Massachusetts regulation prohibiting prisoners from receiving sexually explicit mail is constitutional. The petitioners challenged the portions of 103 CMR 481.15, which regulate the receipt of sexually explicit pictures in th... ...[read more]
June 9, 2009
by Eszter Bardi
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in Pietrangelo v. Gates, in which the Court was asked to review the US military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, under which openly gay servicemen and women are subject to discharge. Petitioners requested that the Supreme Court re... ...[read more]

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