Legal news from Tuesday, November 1, 2011

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICTB) [official Facebook page] on Tuesday ordered the prosecution to submit formal charges against four leaders of Jamaat e Islam (JI) who are suspected of war crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounders] against Pakistan. The ICTB, a special court … [read more]

[JURIST press release] JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Shames as Executive Director. In this role, Mr. Shames will oversee JURIST's business and development efforts, including outreach and educational initiatives, fundraising, and corporate management. Mr. Shames will also serve as JURIST's … [read more]

[JURIST] UN experts expressed concerns [press release] Tuesday over human rights restrictions on Tibetan [advocacy website] Buddhist monasteries in China's Sichuan province. UN experts are concerned about reports of heavy security measures surrounding the Kirti monastery, which houses approximately 2,500 Buddhist monks. UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Sentencing Commission (USSC) [official website] released new guidelines [materials] Tuesday that will reduce the federal minimum sentencing guidelines for those convicted on charges related to crack cocaine. They also published a 645-page report assessing the impact of statutory minimum sentences on federal sentencing [press release, PDF], specifically … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN agencies dealing with fighting crime and aiding refugees signed a joint agreement [text, PDF] on Tuesday to work more closely to combat migrant smuggling and human trafficking [JURIST news archive]. The memorandum, signed by Yury Fedotov, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime … [read more]

[JURIST] Pirates off the Somalia coast have increased their area of operation and use of violence despite unprecedented efforts to reduce piracy, a UN official said [press release] Monday. Assistant Secretary-General for Political AffairsTaye-Brook Zerihoun [official profile] told the UN Security Council [official website] that in order to successfully combat … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ugandan government is unlawfully infringing [press release] on its citizens' rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. The report focuses on Uganda's increasing restrictions against freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] announced on Monday that they will soon ratify a law that bans anyone found guilty of corruption from participating in politics. Egypt's deputy prime minister for political development Ali al-Selmi said that the law would apply to officials who … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit [text, PDF; press release] on Monday in the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] to challenge the state's newly adopted immigration law [SB 20 text]. The complaint claims that the new legislation, which allows … [read more]

[JURIST] Advocacy groups on Friday filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] asking a federal judge to block enforcement of the portion of the state's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] that bans blocking traffic to acquire or offer day … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egypt activist group No Military Trials for for Civilians [Al Jazeera profile] on Sunday condemned [statement text] the arrest and imprisonment of Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah [blog; Twitter feed] by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder]. The blogger is accused … [read more]

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