Legal news from Tuesday, December 13, 2011
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders in the US House and Senate on Monday evening announced that they had reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 [SB 1867, PDF] after making some modifications and adding text. The bill, which was passed by the Senate [JURIST report] in its original form [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Myanmar government announced Tuesday that the political party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [JURIST news archive] will be allowed to register for the next elections. Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website] decided last month to reenter politics after boycotting last year's elections in [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Tuesday ordered that former Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile] remain in detention [decision, PDF; press release]. The Trial Chamber found last month that Ieng Thirith is unfit to stand trial [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent [official profile] announced Monday that Canada will withdraw [statement] from the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] on climate change, making it the first country to do so. The treaty was signed by Canada's previous Liberal government, but little had been done [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Fatou Bensouda [official profile] of the Gambia, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] was officially chosen Monday to succeed Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] when his nine-year term expires next year. Liechtenstein's UN Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, outgoing president of the Assembly of States Parties [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Corruption is leading to unequal distribution of land and resources, resulting in human rights violations, according to a working paper [text, PDF; press release] published Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [official website] and Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website]. According to the report, corruption flourishes where [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] a Wisconsin law that prohibited people from donating more than $10,000 a year to political action committees (PACs). The case was brought by Wisconsin Right to Life [advocacy website] before the 2010 [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday referred the Republic of Malawi [decision, PDF; press release] to the UN Security Council and the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute [official websites] for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] when [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Syria, reiterating her call for a referral [press release] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Pillay reported that more than 5,000 civilians have been killed in [read more]

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