Legal news from Wednesday, June 20, 2012
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice [official website, in Romanian] on Wednesday confirmed the two-year sentence against former prime minister Adrian Nastase [personal website, in Romanian]. He had been charged with graft and corruption [lawyer notes, in Romanian], found guilty and sentenced [JURIST report] in January to two [read more]

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[JURIST] The government of Uganda [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] announced on Wednesday that it will ban at least 38 non-governmental organizations that are accused of promoting gay rights and recruiting children to homosexuality. Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo alleged that those organizations are receiving international [read more]

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[JURIST] A lawyer for a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) plaintiffs in Tennessee said Wednesday that she will appeal the decision of a Tennessee County judge dismissing a lawsuit challenging a controversial law. The suit challenges Tennessee's Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act (EAIC) text] which bars [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday expressed his doubts about a requested injunction against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit [corporate website] that would have a significant effect on the company. At the beginning of the trial between Apple [corporate website] and Motorola, Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, who [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Commission on Tuesday announced its plan [text, PDF; press release] to end human trafficking in Europe. The commission said that human trafficking [EU backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is "the slavery of our times," noting that people of all ages are abducted and sold for sexual slavery, domestic [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture [text]. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture [AP report] in their [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Dissident artist Ai Weiwei [BBC profile] was banned on Wednesday from attending the first hearing in the case brought by his company, Fake Cultural Development Ltd., against Beijing tax authorities. The court was also closed to filming [AP report], denying access to reporters into the courthouse. Police officers stationed [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions [official profile] told reporters Wednesday that after a two-day dialogue with US officials about legal concerns over drone-strike killings, the US has failed to directly address any of his questions. Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns presented his report [text, PDF; [read more]

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[JURIST] The new Senegalese government should take this opportunity to protect and promote human rights by addressing the impunity that undermines the judicial system and rule of law in the country, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said on Wednesday. In its report [text, PDF], AI listed areas which the new [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The president of Haiti on Tuesday gave final approval [press release, in French] for amendments to the Constitution of Haiti [BBC backgrounder] that will allow dual-citizens to vote and be appointed to administrative positions. President Michel Joseph Martelly originally opposed the amendments but ultimately approved them. The changes became [read more]

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[JURIST] Sudan's Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Tuesday appointed a new special prosecutor for crimes committed in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Justice Minister Mohamed Bushara Dousa announced Yasir Ahmed Mohamed, a senior counselor, as the new prosecutor who will handle criminal cases surrounding the crimes committed between [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] An anonymous same-sex couple in New York on Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [corporate website] and a New York hospital seeking to compel the hospital to provide spousal healthcare benefits. The hospital, St. Joseph's Medical Center [official website], is a Catholic [read more]

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[JURIST] Integrative human rights and environmental protection laws and policies should be implemented to achieve sustainable development, according to a joint report [text, PDF] by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) [official websites]. The report, which was released under the [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression [official profile] on Tuesday presented his report [text, PDF] to the UN Human Rights Council [official website], concluding that people in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories are severely limited in [read more]

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[JURIST] The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday ruled [judgment, in Dutch] in favor of Samsung Electronics against Apple [corporate websites] in a patent infringement case. All About Phones [media website, in Dutch] reported [report, in Dutch] that the court held Apple liable for infringing upon one of the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a portion of the Chicago Firearms Ordinance [text, PDF], saying the standard was unconstitutionally vague. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan struck down a section of the act which prevents firearm [read more]

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[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Kuwait on Wednesday held that this year's election for the new parliament [official website, in Arabic] was unconstitutional and the previous parliament of 2009 should be reinstated, state agency Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) [official website] reported. The court's decision to nullify [KUNA report] the current [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) [official website] on Monday introduced a bill aimed at blocking the Obama adminstration's decision last week to stop deporting many illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama's administrative action will temporarily stop deporting many illegal immigrants [JURIST report] under the age of 30 who were brought [read more]

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