Legal news from Friday, January 14, 2011
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Friday ordered the Departments of State, Treasury, and Homeland Security [official websites] to take steps to ease restrictions on travel and remittances [press release] to Cuba. The new regulations, to be promulgated as modifications of the Cuban Assets Control [31 CFR § [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called for Hungary to amend its new media law [press release] that has caused outbreaks of public protests in Budapest and Vienna. The new law took effect January 1 and creates the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) [official website, in Hungarian], which controls [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali [official website] declared a state of emergency Friday amid nationwide protests, banning public gatherings and allowing police to fire on anyone refusing to obey orders. The declaration came a day after Ben Ali promised to cut prices [CNN report] on basic food supplies [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] announced Friday that they are seeking the extradition of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive] so he can stand trial on charges relating to his alleged involvement with the Flossenburg [HRP backgrounder] concentration camp where 60 [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday filed a brief [text, PDF] with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The appeal follows a July ruling [JURIST [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] Friday voted unanimously to amend the constitution to authorize a referendum that would extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. The vote overruled Nazarbayev's decision last week to veto the proposed [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday dismissed a request by the Ensco Offshore Company [official website] to end an alleged delay in the issuance of drilling permits. US District Judge Martin Feldman [Judgepedia profile] said it is [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Thursday urged [press release] the Tunisian government to investigate the recent deaths of public protestors [NYT report] and called on government security forces to admit use of excessive force against them. According to government statistics, at least 21 [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] the United Nations (UN) [official website] not to aid alleged international war criminals after they provided transportation to Amhad Harun [INTERPOL profile], whose arrest warrant [JURIST report] was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in 2007 [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt [official website] sent a letter [text] on Wednesday to Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi [official website] requesting that Florida add Kansas as an additional party plaintiff to its lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST news archive] challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform [read more]

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