Legal news from Friday, January 28, 2011

[JURIST] Spanish judge Eloy Velasco on Friday set a March 1 deadline for the US government to indicate whether Guantanamo abuse allegations will be investigated by US lawyers before deciding whether to allow a controversial lawsuit against former Bush administration officials to move forward. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2009 … [read more]

[JURIST] UN officials including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay [official websites], on Friday urged the Egyptian government to exercise restraint [press release] and respect the rights of protesters. Navi Pillay acknowledged reports of tactics including rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, water cannons and batons [press … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitri Medvedev [Guardian profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday signed into law a bill that ratifies the New Start treaty [materials, PDF; JURIST news archive], an agreement between Russia and the US intended to reduce nuclear arms in both countries. The Russian Federation Council on Wednesday voted … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wyoming Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 20-10 [vote details] in favor of Joint Resolution 5 [text, PDF], the first step to a constitutional amendment that would prevent the state from recognizing same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] from any jurisdiction. The decision, which was split down party lines, … [read more]

[JURIST] Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Callixte Mbarushimana [case materials] made his initial appearance [press release] before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday and denied the charges against him, which relate to violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) … [read more]

[JURIST] The Myanmar Special Appellant Court dismissed an appeal Friday filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenging the government's dissolution of her National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website]. The dismissal effectively exhausts Suu Kyi's ability to appeal and bars her from official … [read more]

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Council [official website, in French] on Friday ruled [opinion, text, in French] that the country's same-sex marriage ban [French Civil Code text] does not violate the constitution [text]. The council emphasized it may only interpret existing laws under the constitution, but that the legislature has the power … [read more]

[JURIST] Chile Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] Judge Sergio Munoz [official profile, in Spanish] on Thursday ordered an investigation into the death of former socialist president Salvador Allende [BBC profile] during the 1973 coup [BBC backgrounder]. Since the coup, Allende's death has been ruled a suicide. The investigation into … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors announced Thursday that they have opened a new criminal investigation [press release, in Ukrainian] of opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. The prosecution's office alleges Tymoshenko, whose government was dissolved in March after she narrowly lost the presidential election to … [read more]

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