Legal news from Thursday, July 1, 2010
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday reiterated the need for comprehensive immigration reform [statement] and called on members of Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass immigration legislation. Obama noted the role of immigrants throughout US history and indicated that immigrants must continue to play [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [official website] on Wednesday filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] urging the federal district court in Arizona to block the enforcement of the state's controversial immigration law [JURIST news archive]. The brief was filed in support of a class-action lawsuit [JURIST report] led [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US government challenging the status of 10 US citizens and legal residents [press release] on the government's "No Fly List." Due to their status, the plaintiffs are prohibited from flying to or [read more]

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[JURIST] Rwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga and a spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday reaffirmed their cooperation [press release] in the prosecution of crimes relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], in which nearly 800,000 people, primarily Tutsis, were [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK Iraq Inquiry [official website] released declassified documents [materials] on Wednesday showing that former prime minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive] was warned by former attorney general Peter Goldsmith [professional profile] that the Iraq invasion was illegal without UN support. The documents illustrate how Goldsmith repeatedly [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A British MP on Thursday introduced legislation in the House of Commons [official website] that would ban the wearing of burqas [JURIST news archive] or other face coverings in public. The Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill [materials] was introduced by MP Philip Hollobone [official website] in order to regulate the [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Wednesday criticized the Cuban legal system [report, PDF], stating that the government's restrictions on freedom of expression create a "climate of fear" among journalists and activists. The report claims that the Cuban legal system allows the government to restrict content provided to the [read more]

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[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday voted 237 to 192 to approve the final version of financial reform legislation [HR 4173 materials], which focuses on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis [JURIST news archive]. The House and Senate [official website] reached [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution [press release] extending the terms of office for the judges [official profiles] of the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Resolution 1931 [text] was welcomed by the ICTY, which has been struggling with [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday convicted [judgment summary, PDF; press release] former businessman Yussuf Munyakazi [case materials] on charges of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity. The court found that Munyakazi was liable for the deaths of more than 5,000 Tutsi [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Wednesday held a Grand Chamber hearing [press release] regarding its decision in Lautsi v. Italy [judgment, in French; JURIST report], where the ECHR found an Italian school's display of the crucifix in classrooms violated Articles 2 and 9 of [read more]

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[JURIST] Newly-inaugurated Philippines President Benigno Aquino [campaign website, in Tagalog; BBC profile] announced Tuesday that his administration will set up a "truth commission" to investigate allegations that the outgoing administration engaged in corruption and rights violations. The commission plans to look into accusations [AFP report] that former president Gloria Macapagal [read more]

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