Legal news from Friday, December 9, 2011

[JURIST] Two Japanese whaling groups filed suit [press release, PDF] Friday against US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) [advocacy website] in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website]. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) [official website] and the Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha claim that … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav intelligence officer Dragomir Pecanac was convicted [judgment, PDF; press release] Friday on a charge of contempt for failing to testify before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. The charges [press release] were brought against Pecanac in October when he failed to comply … [read more]

[JURIST] A lesbian couple filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] challenging the state's denial of same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) [official profile] signed [JURIST report] a same-sex civil unions bill [SB 232 text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Thursday on two consolidated issues [JURIST report] regarding Proposition 8 [text, PDF; JURIST news archive], California's same-sex marriage ban. The first was an appeal from a refusal [JURIST report] by the US District Court for … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights [official mandate], James Anaya [academic profile], on Thursday urged Argentina to strengthen protection of human rights, rights to education and land ownership for indigenous groups as well as to establish sorely needed dialogue with government. His comments came after an 11-day visit to … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive], after previously refusing to enter a plea in any of the charges against him, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges linked to the execution of more than 30 Muslim prisoners in the eastern … [read more]

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