Legal news from Friday, May 13, 2011
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Recent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa have demonstrated the unique opportunities that social media has created for human rights activists, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text] released on Friday. However, repressive governments are now striking back by seeking to gain control of [read more]

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[JURIST] Several major record companies announced Thursday that they have reached a $105 million settlement with music file-sharing website LimeWire [website]. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] had issued a permanent injunction [text, PDF] in October to prevent the site [read more]

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[JURIST] The Missouri House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday gave final approval [press release] to legislation [HB 213 materials] that would ban abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure, passed by a vote of 121-33, would impose penalties on doctors who fail to comply with [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday informed [press release] the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties about a recent visit by Sudanese President Omar-al Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] to Djibouti [BBC country profile] for the inauguration of the country's president. The [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website] said Thursday that information which led to the death of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive] was not obtained through torture. Speaking on the floor of the US Senate [official website], McCain said that the name of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Thursday lifted a 10-year ban on fatwas, or Islamic religious edicts, but ruled that they cannot be enforced as punishment. The court found that fatwas can only be issued by appropriately educated persons [Daily Star report] and that no one can [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Lahore High Court (LHC) [official website] ruled Thursday that President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile] must not participate in political activities, insisting that the president's role is to remain neutral. Currently, Zardari also serves as a co-chairman for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website]. The decision to [read more]

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