Legal news from Wednesday, July 21, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A German appeals court announced Wednesday that the government's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) [official website, in German] will be permitted to continue surveillance of members of the country's Left [Spiegel backgrounder] political party. The decision overturned a lower court ruling [The Local report], which [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] on Wednesday voted 53-13 to extend a law [TO 5763 text] limiting the ability of Arab-Israelis [JVL backgrounder] to bring Palestinian family members into Israel. The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, first passed by the Knesset in 2002, allows only Palestinian women 25 [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the country of Chad to arrest [press release] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] during his visit to the country. Al-Bashir was charged last week by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] with three counts of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday seeking injunctive relief against a Fremont, Nebraska ordinance [No 5165 text, PDF] banning the hiring, harboring or renting property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The ordinance, passed by city voters in a referendum [JURIST report] last month, requires all employers in the city [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed [statement] the Restoring Financial Stability Act [HR 4173 materials] into law. The legislation, which focuses on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis [JURIST news archive], received final approval by the Senate last week after being [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Guinea Supreme Court [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Tuesday announced the final election results in last month's presidential election, in which no candidate received enough votes to avoid a runoff. The ruling comes after allegations of fraud [BBC report] in the election, which has been described as Guinea's first free [read more]

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[JURIST] A lawsuit [complaint, PDF] was filed Tuesday against BP in a Louisiana state court alleging that the company's negligent actions led to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and that BP was also negligent in its handling of the cleanup of the oil spill. The [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday allowed [opinion, PDF] Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to amend his 2004 habeas corpus petition, but refused to lift the stay on the petition pending the conclusion [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights organization AIDS-Free World [advocacy website] on Wednesday renewed calls [press release, PDF] for an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation into allegations of rape and torture in Zimbabwe prior to the 2008 presidential elections [JURIST report]. AIDS-Free World released a report [text, PDF; press release] last [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday reversed the acquittal [press release; judgment summary, PDF] of former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj [ICTY materials, PDF; JURIST news archive] and two others. In reversing the acquittal, the appeals chamber [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies [official website, in Spanish], on Tuesday rejected [press release, in Spanish] a proposal [text, in Spanish; PDF] to ban the burqa [JURIST news archive] and other full face veils, by a vote of 183 to 162 with 2 abstaining. In [read more]

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