Legal news from Tuesday, November 13, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] sentenced [press release] a former Texas college student from Saudi Arabia to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to make a bomb for use in a jihad. One of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsar's possible … [read more]

[JURIST] Undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at risk of facing mental and physical exploitation and abuse that may include torture, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday. The report urged Libyan authorities to confront issues of xenophobia and racism, which may in part be inspired … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian Court on Tuesday rejected the defense's motion to suspend the tax evasion trial against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] until her health is recovered but adjourned the trial to November 23 since Tymoshenko could not attend. The hearing was set to … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday to improve its impact and stimulate cooperation amongst the international community as the court enters its second decade. HRW not only emphasized the importance for ICC member countries to … [read more]

[JURIST] The EU announced Monday that it would halt for one year [press release] its policy of charging airlines for greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) [JURIST news archive] for flights into and out of EU member state airports. As a result of this delay, the EU will not require airlines to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday urged Indonesia [statement] to end violence and discrimination against Christians and Muslim minorities, such as Shiites. During her visit to Indonesia, Pillay met with several government officials and the judges on the country's Constitutional … [read more]

[JURIST] A new protocol to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) [text] intended to combat the illegal trade of tobacco products was unanimously approved on Monday. The protocol [draft text, PDF] was approved by 176 countries [AP report] during the Fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday sentenced a former aide to ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [BBC profile] to over 10 years of imprisonment for his involvement in a vote-buying scheme. Jose Dirceu, Lula's former chief of staff, was convicted of using public … [read more]

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