Legal news from Sunday, April 24, 2011
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday requested that the United Nations (UN) [official website] begin an international inquiry [press release] into Syria's security forces after numerous civilians were fatally shot [WP report] during peaceful anti-government protests earlier this week. HRW also called on the US and UN [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [order, PDF] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] from a $17 billion lawsuit involving securities based on mortgages issued by Countrywide Financial Corporation [NYT backgrounder], a former subsidiary of the bank. [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] on Saturday agreed to step down from power, ending his 32-year reign as the nation's leader. Saleh agreed to a proposal requiring him to hand power over to his deputy in 30 days [AP report] in exchange [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website; JURIST news archive] on Saturday urged [press release] Cambodia and Thailand to enter into a ceasefire agreement to resolve recent border clashes between the two countries. Saying that a military resolution is impossible [statement], Ban urged the countries to pursue a diplomatic [read more]

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