Legal news from Wednesday, June 2, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] Israel's weekend raid on aid ships bound for the blockaded Gaza strip and initiated an independent investigation into possible violations of international law. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 32 to 3 with 9 [read more]

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[JURIST] The governments of Finland, Belgium, and Denmark agreed Tuesday to detain those convicted [press release] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song [official profile] described the agreement as "an important element in the overall credibility of the judicial process at the ICC." The [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp [official website] expressed concern Tuesday over the potential adoption of a state aggression law [transcript] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], claiming that it could undermine the integrity of the ICC. The statement came during a speech at the [read more]

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[JURIST] Members of the Quebec National Assembly [official website] on Wednesday introduced Bill 103 [materials] aimed at tightening the province's language laws. The bill seeks to limit the number of students attending English language schools by increasing fines on schools established to circumvent the principle instruction in French required by [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) [party website, in Spanish] on Tuesday asked the country's high court to declare the recently approved changes [JURIST report] to Spain's abortion [JURIST news archive] laws unconstitutional. Under the new law, abortions performed in the first 14 weeks of gestation are declared a right [read more]

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[JURIST] The city of Tucson, Arizona [official website] has joined a lawsuit against the the state's new immigration law [SB 1070 text; JURIST news archive], a court filing [answer, PDF] revealed Tuesday. Tucson was originally named as a defendant along with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] in the [read more]

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[JURIST] Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart [official website] announced Tuesday that an investigation has been launched [press release] into inadvertent data collection by Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] while photographing streetscapes on unsecured wireless networks for its Street View maps. The investigation will determine whether Google has violated Canada's [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday condemned the recent execution [press release] of 18 people in Libya [JURIST news archive]. The executed were charged with pre-meditated murder and several were foreign nationals from Chad, Egypt, and Nigeria. AI reiterated their opposition to the death penalty [JURIST news archive] [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called [press release] on the Obama administration to stop shielding Bush administration officials from civil suit and criminal prosecution in relation to the treatment of detainees in US custody. The organization warned that to do otherwise would only further [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has failed to formulate a coordinated response to an attack involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by DOJ Inspector General Glenn Fine [official profile]. Fine lauded the preparations of the FBI in developing response [read more]

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[JURIST] Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday filed an amicus curiae brief [text] supporting the right to limit protests around military funerals in the case of Snyder v. Phelps [docket]. The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [cert. petition, PDF; JURIST report] in [read more]

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[JURIST] Three judges were killed and three people were injured Tuesday in a Chinese courthouse by a security officer at a local bank. The shooter, Zhu Jun, was the head of security at a local Postal Savings Bank in Hunan province and is alleged to have been upset over the [read more]

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