Legal news from Thursday, December 23, 2010

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday approved a motion to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The vote comes a week after ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] presented cases against [JURIST report] six individuals for crimes committed during Kenya's 2007 post-election … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning recent post-election violence in the Ivory Coast [JURIST news archive] that has resulted in more than 170 deaths. Alassane Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profiles] in a November 28 runoff election, but Gbagbo has refused … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity during Argentina's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. The Federal Court of Cordoba [official website, in Spanish] found Videla guilty [La Nacion report, in Spanish] of … [read more]

[JURIST] A French judge has charged Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Callixte Mbarushimana, according to reports Wednesday. Examining magistrate Rene Cros charged Mbarushimana with war crimes and crimes against humanity [AFP report] for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment text] 4-4-1 Wednesday that various sections of the national law regulating the use of human embryos and other aspects of reproduction fall outside the scope of Parliament's legislative authority. In its advisory opinion [Ottawa Sun report], the divided court held … [read more]

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