Legal news from Wednesday, May 23, 2012

[JURIST] China's chengguan, a para-police organization charged with enforcing non-criminal administrative regulations, is abusing its power, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. The report indicated that although the chengguan are not authorized to arrest citizens or use excessive force, they frequently do both. In addition, … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 40 Catholic dioceses and other Catholic institutions around the US filed suits on Monday against the Obama administration, alleging that certain employer insurance requirements issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] violate their right to religious freedom [materials] protected by the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of parliament, gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation that would create harsh penalties for participating in illegal protests. The bill, supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian], would impose fines [LAT report] up to USD … [read more]

[JURIST] Six accused Somali pirates went on trial in a Paris court Tuesday for taking 30 crew members hostage in 2008 on the ship Le Ponant in the Gulf of Aden. The men could face life in prison [AFP report] if convicted of both kidnapping and theft as a result … [read more]

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge ruled Monday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt will have a second genocide trial for ordering a 1982 massacre which killed 201 people. Judge Carol Patricia Flores found enough evidence [AP report] linking Rios Montt to Las Dos Erres massacre [Reuters] for another genocide trial. The … [read more]

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