Legal news from Friday, May 10, 2013

[JURIST] Members of the Seleka rebel coalition [WorldWideConflict profile], which ousted President Francois Bozize [BBC profile] of the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in March, committed atrocities against civilians, including pillage, summary execution, rape and torture, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Friday. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called upon the international community [press release] on Friday to find a solution to the conflict in Syria and ensure that those responsible for human rights violations are held accountable. Pillay's urging came after a series of massacres … [read more]

[JURIST] The Minnesota House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HF 1054] to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 75-59 [press release], dividing mostly upon party lines. This bill moves Minnesota a step towards become the twelfth US state to legalize gay marriage. The bill will … [read more]

[JURIST] The Argentine Senate approved a bill Wednesday intended to democratize the judiciary, but critics believe that the reform may leave judges vulnerable to political influence. Under the new bill members of the Council of Magistrates, the board that appoints federal judges, will be elected. The reform [Buenos Aires Herald … [read more]

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