Legal news from Tuesday, October 9, 2012

[JURIST] Libyan government lawyers on Tuesday urged [press release] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] judges to allow Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives] to be tried in Libya, promising a fair trial for the son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Libyan officials spoke during a … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced on Tuesday a general pardon [SIS report] issued in August for most people detained or convicted for crimes committed during and in support of the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder]. The pardon applies to all citizens who were arrested between … [read more]

[JURIST] The Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text] to the members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly on Monday urging them to amend Egypt's draft constitution [official website; in Arabic] to comply with international treaties. HRW said that international human rights treaties ratified by Egypt should have … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday supended a cybercrimes law [RA 10175, PDF] that became effective last week. The suspension [AP report] will be for 120 days while the court considers whether provisions of the law violate civil liberties. With the suspension, the court also … [read more]

[JURIST] A UK immigration tribunal has ruled that man who says he was paid to kill civilians in Sudan [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive] may remain in the UK indefinitely. The 27-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, is being allowed to remain in the UK for his own … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers and judges from Sri Lanka held a large-scale protest on Monday to express their dismay over the assault of an outspoken judge and to call for a thorough, impartial investigation into the incident. Nearly 500 judges, lawyers and other legal staff members marched in front of the Colombo … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted seven new cases [order list, PDF]. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co. [docket; cert petition, PDF], the court will review the scope of a Monsanto [corporate website; JURIST news archive] patent [text] on genetically-modified seeds that utilizes Roundup Ready [official profile] … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday released [press release] a report [text, PDF] urging justice for victims of international law violations that occurred Nepal's civil war. Approximately 13,000 people were killed [JURIST report] and 1,500 people went missing during the … [read more]

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