Legal news from Friday, September 30, 2011

[JURIST] A Brazilian judge for the Federal Court of the First Region [official website, in Portuguese] ruled on Thursday that work on a dam [Belo Monte backgrounder] being constructed on the Xingu River in the Amazon jungle must cease. The USD $11 billion project would be the third-largest hydroelectric dam … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] denied an injunction [opinion, PDF] on Thursday against a Kansas law [HB 2075 materials] that prohibits insurance companies from including coverage for abortion [JURIST news archive] in their comprehensive plans. The law prohibits comprehensive insurance … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Friday acquitted [press release] two former Rwandan ministers, Casimir Bizimungu and Jerome Bicamumpaka, of genocide charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence. This decision is the most high-profile acquittal of the officials involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday unanimously vacated [opinion, PDF] a district court ruling that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST backgrounder] was a violation of service members' constitutional rights. Earlier this month, lawyers for the … [read more]

[JURIST] A CIA drone strike in Yemen on Friday killed senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader, US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The strike marks the US government's most successful attack against al Qaeda since the raid leading to the death of Osama bin Laden [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesdayaffirmed the convictions [press release] of ex-army officer Ephrem Setako and former businessman Yussuf Munyakazi [case materials] on charges stemming from the 1994 Rwandan genocide [JURIST news archive]. The Appeals Chamber dismissed Setako's appeal in … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website], along with several other rights groups and physicians, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Thursday challenging a North Carolina law [HB 854 materials] that requires abortion providers to show women ultrasounds prior to performing abortions. The measure, known as the "Women's … [read more]

[JURIST] A special security court in Bahrain [JURIST news archive] on Thursday sentenced one anti-government protester to death for killing a police officer, and gave lengthy prison sentences to medical personnel, including doctors, for providing treatment to injured protesters during the country's uprising. The National Safety Court of Appeal, a … [read more]

[JURIST] Two rights organizations filed an indictment [text, PDF; case materials] against former US president George W Bush [JURIST news archive] with the Canada Department of Justice [official website] on Thursday accusing him of commissioning a torture program during his time in office. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] Lithuania must reopen the investigation [press release] into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] in light of new evidence, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] insisted Thursday. AI cited evidence of rendition flights of Abu Zubaydah [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] in 2005 revealed earlier this year by Reprieve [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The upper house of the Kazakhstani parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. Recently, Kazakhstani lawmakers have been unsettled by religious extremists [VOA report] plotting acts of terrorism across Central Asia's largest economy. The bill dissolves … [read more]

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