Legal news from Monday, February 25, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that permits to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment [text]. The case involved a Washington state resident who filed a lawsuit against Denver and Colorado's Department of Public Safety [official … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Monday reiterated his call for global support against the use of death penalty [statement]. The message was delivered by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang [official profile] in an event organized by the International Commission against Death Penalty [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday urged that the international community must continue to prevent human rights abuses [press release] and hold perpetrators accountable. Speaking at the opening of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva [UN News … [read more]

[JURIST] Trial began Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] between individuals affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder] and British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website]. The other corporations involved [Reuters report] are the rig owner Transocean Ltd. and well cement … [read more]

[JURIST] The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court on Monday upheld the sentences of 10 Somali pirates convicted of highjacking a UAE-owned bulk-carrier ship. In April 2011, the men reportedly commandeered the MV Arrilah-1 [AFP report] as it hauled aluminum in the Arabian Sea en route to Dubai from Australia. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippines President Benigno Aquino III [official website] on Monday signed legislation to compensate the victims of human rights abuses committed 27 years ago under the regime of former president Ferdinand Marcos [JURIST news archive]. The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 [text, PDF] will allocate 10 … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul said Sunday that lawyers and judges in the Maldives are not adequately independent from outside influence [UN News Centre report]. The special rapporteur pointed to the power struggle between parliament, the government and the judiciary, … [read more]

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