Legal news from Friday, June 17, 2011

[JURIST] A five-judge panel for the Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] Friday extended stay of a lower court decision striking down laws banning prostitution-related activities, leaving the activities illegal pending ruling of the court. The panel extended the stay [Toronto Star report], which was already extended [JURIST report] last … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] dropped all charges [indictment text] against al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden [JURIST news archive] in a filing [text] made Friday. The judge approved the procedural move, which is typical upon the death … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois Appellate Court [official website] on Friday ordered [opinion, PDF] a circuit court to determine whether a law requiring a girl's guardians to be notified before she has an abortion should be enforced. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 [text], which has never been enforced [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] adopted a new convention [text, PDF] at its annual conference in Geneva Thursday to protect domestic workers' labor rights. The 100 Session of the International Labor Conference [official website] came to a close Friday. The convention sets standards for domestic workers in … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] urged China on Friday to withdraw an invitation for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] to participate in an event there and to arrest him if he travels to the country [press release]. Al-Bashir is scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Friday issued a public notice [text] for victims of violence in the Ivory Coast to give statements and advise if the ICC should proceed with a formal investigation. Victims have 30 days to file a statement. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] passed the "Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity" resolution [text, PDF] with a vote of 23-19 and 3 abstentions [UN webcast archive] on Friday. The resolution is the first to call for an end to sexuality discrimination worldwide and to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday decided to extend a mandate instructing a panel to investigate human rights abuses in Libya. The council, without voting, adopted a resolution [AP report] that orders the investigation of abuses in Libya to continue through the end of the … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] Thursday defended his plans to prosecute terror suspects in federal civilian courts, responding to harsh criticism from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) [official website] urging two Iraqi-born terror suspects in Kentucky be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility. Holder … [read more]

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