Legal news from Wednesday, April 4, 2012
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] referred charges [press release] to a military commission on Wednesday against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounders]. Mohammed, along with Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin 'Attash, Ramzi [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Roma [JURIST news archive], Jews and Ukrainians in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) face exclusion from politics and public institutions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report identified the 1995 Bosnian Constitution as the root of the discrimination against minority groups. The constitutional [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday agreed to strengthen human rights protections [statement, PDF] during its annual summit. ASEAN Chairman Hun Sen [BBC backgrounder], who is also Prime Minister of Cambodia, proclaimed several new initiatives by ASEAN to protect human rights [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Brazilian federal prosecutor on Tuesday filed a second $11 billion lawsuit against Chevron after the company reported a new leak [press release] in its Frade oil field in the Campos Basin. Eduardo Santos de Oliviera filed the first lawsuit after a 2,400 barrel oil spill [Global Voices backgrounder] [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Mali junta issued a statement Tuesday accusing rebels in the northern town of Gao of grave human rights violations, particularly the kidnap and rape of local women and girls. Last month the military overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure [Al Jazeera profile] and ended 20 years of democracy because [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Ankara 12th High Criminal Court on Wednesday began the trial of the last two surviving leaders of Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule, during which 50 people were hanged and half a million arrested. The two retired generals, 94-year-old Kenan Evren [official [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials urged the international community to strengthen collaborative efforts to combat human trafficking on Tuesday at a special General Assembly [official website] meeting. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] estimates that there are at least 2.4 million victims of human trafficking at any given [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] has rejected [order, PDF] the final appeal by Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted of killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. The ruling affirmed an order from the Pennsylvania [read more]

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