Legal news from Wednesday, June 23, 2010
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Interim Independent Constitutional Dispute Resolution Court ruled [video] Wednesday that prisoners of sound mind will be allowed to vote in a referendum on the country's proposed constitution [text, PDF; JURIST report]. Kenya's current constitution [text] bans convicts from voting in presidential, parliamentary and civic elections, but convicts [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Wednesday reimposed a ban on the video sharing network YouTube [official website] after content deemed offensive to Muslims resurfaced on the website when a previous ban was lifted last month. The court also restricted access to Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Google, Islam Exposed, In The Name [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to legislation [text, PDF] that would create severe penalties for human traffickers, including life imprisonment for repeat offenders. The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2010 was unanimously approved [Daily Nation report] by the parliament, and will now be considered again [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday approved a motion [press release, in Spanish] calling on the Spanish government to ban the use of full face veils in public places. The motion, passed by a vote of 131 to 129, would ban use of both the burqa [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Libya has made some progress with regards to human rights, but the situation remains "dire," according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report details Libya's rise in prominence within the international community and warns other countries against turning a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 55 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on Tuesday urged the Thai government to end its state of emergency [statement; JURIST news archive]. The statement comes after the UN Human Rights Council [official website] unanimously elected Thai Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow [CV, PDF] to the presidency, along with electing the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Metropolitan Police [official website] on Tuesday launched an investigation [press release] into whether Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] violated privacy laws while collecting information over Wi-Fi networks for its Street View maps [website]. The probe was initiated in response to a complaint filed [JURIST report] by [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday strongly rejected [press release] the appointment of a UN panel [JURIST report] to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced the formation of the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profile] confirmed Tuesday that the Department of Justice [official website] will appeal [press release] a federal court decision to issue a preliminary injunction against a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling [JURIST reports]. The ban was issued last month by the Obama [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the Indonesian government to release secession activists and adhere to international standards of free speech [report materials; press release]. The report, "Prosecuting Political Aspiration: Indonesia's Political Prisoners," criticized the Indonesian government for its treatment of people imprisoned for peaceful political [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of legal reform organizations on Tuesday called on US government officials to make judicial nominations "a top priority" [letter, PDF; press release] and to fill judicial vacancies "expeditiously." The letter, sent to President Barack Obama, the Senate majority and minority leaders as well as the leadership of [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion filed on behalf of the Nigerian government seeking to formally observe the trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 bound from Amsterdam to Detroit [read more]

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