Legal news from Thursday, August 2, 2012

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; press release] on Thursday released a report entitled Angola’s Upcoming Elections: Attacks on the Media, Expression, and Assembly [report, PDF] alleging that the government of Angola [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] is responsible for undermining freedom of speech protections for its citizens. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Congress on a voice vote on Thursday approved a bill extending the ban on imports from Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Both the House of Representative and the Senate [official websites] have approved the bill [Reuters report], sending it to President Barack Obama [official profile] to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website] on Wednesday renewed its call [UN News Centre report] for an end to the violence between the Syrian government and opposition forces in preparation for planned food assistance by the World Food Programme (WFP) [official website]. UNSMIS spokesperson Sausan Ghosheh … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday issued an emergency injunction [order, PDF] to block enforcement of a new Arizona abortion regulation [HB 2036 materials; JURIST report] that will ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. Physicians violating the … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) [official website] on Wednesday welcomed a new project initiated by the government of Nigeria to resolve the oil contamination affecting the people of Ogoniland. The Nigeria decision [UN News Centre report] came a year after UNEP first released a report finding that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a motion in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday requesting that the court sanction Samsung Electronics [corporate website] by ruling in Apple's favor in the ongoing patent litigation between the two companies. Apple filed the motion with … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday announced [press release] two new economic sanctions [White House backgrounder] on Iran's oil exports that aim to cut the country's financial transactions with the Chinese and Iraqi banks allegedly doing business with Tehran. In the first of these … [read more]

[JURIST] Japanese authorities on Wednesday began a criminal investigation into last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder]. The Fukushima Prosecutor accepted a criminal complaint filed in June [JURIST report] by more than 1,300 people against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) [corporate website] for causing the catastrophe and for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The widow and daughter of Yasser Arafat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday asked a French court to investigate what they believe to be the murder of the former Palestinian leader. The allegations of Suha and Zahwa Arafat stem from a Swiss institute's report suggesting that Yasser Arafat … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] infringed on the authority given to state regulators by the Clean Water Act [text; EPA backgrounder], the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) … [read more]

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