Legal news from Thursday, September 5, 2013
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday indicted fundamentalist leader Mir Quasem Ali, on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war. Ali, a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] central executive committee, was indicted on 14 charges [FE report], [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya's National Assembly [official website] on Thursday approved a motion [materials] to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The move is in response to the upcoming trials [ICC backgrounder] of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, who are accused of crimes against humanity and inciting [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) [advocacy website] released a report [materials] on Thursday detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison [official website] in Afghanistan, a facility that detains non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control [JURIST report] since March. According to [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) [official website] on Wednesday announced an end to its policy of segregating HIV-positive inmates at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. As of August 1, eight HIV-positive female inmates were transferred [AL.com report] to the general prison population, with similar changes to the male [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] on Thursday that the refusal by the government of Cambodia to pay staff at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], is an attempt to undermine efforts to bring former Khmer Rouge [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday called on governments to create human rights-based polices addressing migration [press release]. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR], there are currently more than 215 million migrants around the world, but this [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it will no longer enforce a federal law that denies same-sex spouses veterans benefits. In a letter [text, PDF], Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] informed Congress that the DOJ will not enforce the provision of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] on Wednesday approved a joint resolution [text, PDF] authorizing the limited use of force against Syria. In a 10-7 vote, the committee reasoned that Syria was in violation of international law, such as the UN Charter [materials], the Geneva Conventions and [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday filed for a presidential pardon [materials] of her 35-year sentence. In the cover letter of the pardon request, Manning's lawyer argued that his client disclosed sensitive information neither to harm the US nor for monetary gain. The lawyer [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] and the League of Defense of Human Rights in Iraq on Thursday called on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] to investigate the deaths of more than 50 refugees [UNAMI report] discovered on Tuesday by UN officials [read more]

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