Legal news from Friday, February 15, 2013

[JURIST] The Kenyan government is being sued for police brutality in the violence that followed the country's 2007 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. The suit has been brought against the government by the families of seven victims and eight wounded survivors, along with four human rights groups. According to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN confirmed on Friday that a four-person team was on the ground in Mali to investigate potential violations of humanitarian law. According to Cecile Pouilly, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website], the fact-finding mission will investigate [press release] allegations of retaliatory violence. In … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court on Thursday ruled [press release, in German] for Facebook [corporate website] in a challenge over the social networking website's policy requiring users to register with their real names. The Independent Center for Privacy Protection [advocacy website], known in Germany as the ULD, brought the suit against … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Pennsylvania and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Friday reached an accord allowing state residents to vote in upcoming primary and special elections without submitting identification. According to media sources, voters will be asked to present ID [Bloomberg report], but may decline … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] criticized Bangladesh [press release] on Thursday for offering retroactive amendments that change war crime laws to allow plaintiffs to appeal verdicts delivered by the nation's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) [JURIST news archive]. The amendments were approved in response to days of protests [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN has called on the de facto authorities [press release] of the disputed region of Transnistria [BBC backgrounder] "to address the deeply rooted problems identified in the report and to fully implement its recommendations, including the development of a plan of action for human rights." According to the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Australian court ruled [judgment] Friday that an American biotech company can patent a human gene linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The Federal Court of Australia [official website] held that Myriad Genetics [corporate website], a US biotech firm, could patent the gene BRCA1 because the gene … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois State Senate [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [SB 10, PDF] to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The senate voted 34-21 to lift the ban [AP report] on same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois. The bill, referred to as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness … [read more]

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