Legal news from Friday, June 10, 2011

[JURIST] The government of Iceland [BBC backgrounder] is letting its general population help shape its new constitution through a number of new media formats, including the Constitutional Council website [in Icelandic], where new parts of the working draft [text, in Icelandic] are put on the site and rewritten to include … [read more]

[JURIST] An official for the International Commission of Inquiry on Friday called for an investigation [UN News Centre report] into current Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara and his forces' continuing attacks against supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profiles]. Officials told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] on Friday demanded [order, PDF] an explanation of an incident in which Pakistani security forces shot and killed an unarmed man. Several paramilitary soldiers opened fire on an unarmed, 22-year-old man in Benazir Park, then stood by as he died. The incident was … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal jury on Thursday convicted Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Chicago resident with Canadian citizenship, on two counts of planning to attack a Copenhagen newspaper, but found him not guilty on charges of helping to plan the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Rana was found … [read more]

[JURIST] The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website] Irina Bokova [official website] condemned Syria [text] for its human rights violations and repression of journalism and free speech. Bokova called for the government to restore citizens' access to cell phones and the Internet and to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] on Thursday approved a bill [HB 18 text, PDF] that would ban abortions [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, but would permit an abortion if necessary to … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] officially recommended [statement text] Croatia [EC materials] for accession to the European Union (EU) [official website] and announced on Friday that Croatia will become the 28th member of the EU on July 1, 2013. EC President Jose Barroso stated that Croatia has made … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Parliament (EP) [official website] on Thursday urged the US not to seek the death penalty [press release] for high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], accused planning the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bombing in 2000. The US Department of Defense … [read more]

[JURIST] Croatian authorities on Thursday charged [Novilist report, in Croatian] former military commander and senior interior minister Tomislav Mercep [official profile, in Croatian] for war crimes committed against Serbians during the 1990s conflict in the Balkans. The Municipal Court in Zagreb charged that he was aware of atrocities against civilians … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of State (DOS) [official website] for failing to disclose information about the government's "War on Terror" efforts, even though Wikileaks [website] has already released the desired documents. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the state's Medical Use of Marijuana Act (MUMA) [RCW 69.51A, text] does not prohibit private employers from firing an employee who fails a mandatory drug screening. The plaintiff, recorded as Jane Roe to protect her identity, argued … [read more]

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