Legal news from Friday, November 12, 2010
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court ruled Friday against a man who claimed he was denied a teaching job because he is HIV-positive, in China's first HIV/AIDs employment discrimination lawsuit. The man, known only by the alias Xiao Wu, said that he passed requisite academic tests and interviews [BBC report] for the [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday refused to vacate [order, PDF] a stay issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] allowing the military to continue enforcing its Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) [10 USC § 654; JURIST news [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Rwandan high court ruled Friday that opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza [campaign website; JURIST news archive] will remain jailed for the duration of her trial on charges of forming a terrorist organization. Judge Johnstone Busingyi indicated that his decision was based on Ingabire's threat to state security [AP [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday over a US military policy that cuts the separation pay of honorably discharged gay and lesbian service members in half. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of all service members [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) [advocacy website] on Friday accused former Cabinet minster William Ruto of interfering with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation into the 2007 post-election violence [JURIST news archive], denying accusations of bribing witnesses. Two witnesses, Ken Braziz Wekesa and William [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday published an open letter [text, PDF] to US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile, JURIST news archive], urging him to investigate former president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] for violation of the federal statute prohibiting torture [text]. In [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of eight men accused of killing Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] human rights activist Floribert Chebeya began in the capital city of Kinshasa on Friday. The eight accused men are all DRC policemen, but only five are currently before the court [Reuters report], as [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Lebanese military court on Friday convicted cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed of terrorism and sentenced him to life in prison. Bakri was found guilty [CP report] of belonging to an armed group that plotted to carry out terrorist acts against Lebanese soldiers and was sentenced along with 54 others [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Azerbaijani Supreme Court [official website, in Azeri] on Thursday partially overturned the convictions of imprisoned Azeri journalist Enyulla Fatullayev. The court vacated [RFE/RL report] Fatullayev's convictions for committing defamation and inciting terror and ethnic hatred and ruled that his sentence for tax evasion is complete. The ruling comes [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes [official website] on Thursday said that existing regulations to ensure net neutrality [backgrounder; JURIST news archive] are adequate for the time being [press release]. Kroes spoke following a four-month fact-finding period on net neutrality, a concept by which the open flow of [read more]

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