Legal news from Thursday, December 8, 2011

[JURIST] The UK Home Office Government Equalities Office [official website] on Thursday announced the UK's first ever government action plan promoting transgender equality [report, PDF; official website]. The plan stated that there was a 14 percent rise in transgender-related hate crime between 2009 and 2010 and that only two EU … [read more]

[JURIST] Malawian Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume said Thursday that President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered the Malawi Law Commission [official websites] to review several controversial laws, including a law banning homosexual acts. Chiume stated that the review was in response to public criticism [Africa Review report]. Commentators suggest that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Wednesday in two cases. In Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on the ability to patent under 35 USC § 101 [text] the body's biological reaction to different … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a recent federal appeals court decision that upheld gene patents. The June decision [JURIST report] by the US Court of Appeals … [read more]

[JURIST] The representative to Colombia for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] Thursday reiterated his call for a peaceful solution to the country's ongoing armed conflict. Christian Salazar made his remarks at a press conference following an announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] operated a secret prison [AP report] outside the capital of Romania, the Associated Press (AP) [media website] alleged on Thursday. A joint investigation between the AP and a German public television company, ARD Panorama [media website, in German], reportedly uncovered the … [read more]

[JURIST] Top officials of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] told the UN Security Council [official website] Wednesday that international cooperation in tracking and arresting fugitives is vital to … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [official website] called Thursday for the government of Yemen [JURIST news archive] to increase the minimum age [press release] for girls to enter into marriage. In a 54-page report [text, PDF] titled "How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?" HRW claims that the current … [read more]

[JURIST] Thai-born American citizen Joe Gordon (Thai name Lerpong Wichaikhammat) was sentenced Thursday to two-and-a-half years in a Thai prison after pleading guilty to violating Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code [text] by defaming the royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej … [read more]

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profile] announced Tuesday that the US will use foreign assistance, international diplomacy and political asylum to promote gay rights [remarks]. The secretary's remarks before the UN Human Rights Council [official website] in Geneva were in tandem with an executive memo [text] from … [read more]

[JURIST] Saadi Gaddafi, son of deceased former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], was implicated Wednesday in a plot to flee to Mexico by the Secretary of the Interior [official website, in Spanish]. The announcement [press release, in Spanish] described the disruption by Mexican intelligence officials of … [read more]

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