Legal news from Wednesday, February 2, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the life sentence of Ahmed Abu Ali, a US citizen who joined al Qaeda while studying abroad in Saudi Arabia. Abu Ali was convicted in November 2005 on nine charges [JURIST report] related … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed documents ratifying [WH blog] the New START treaty [materials, PDF; JURIST news archive], an agreement between Russia and the US intended to reduce nuclear arms in both countries. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] signed … [read more]

[JURIST] The human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [PDF] on Tuesday accusing Indian security forces of committing human rights violations in response to terrorist attacks and urging reforms in the country's justice system. The report titled "The 'Anti-Nationals': Arbitrary Detention and Torture of … [read more]

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's parliament [official website, in Kazakh] on Wednesday approved amendments to the constitution which allow President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] to hold presidential elections in 2012 instead of extending his presidency until 2020. The bill was signed into law by Nazarbayev after unanimous approval by … [read more]

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] on Tuesday requested that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] order the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) [official website] to fulfill its legal obligations to aid victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday accused military officials [HRW report] overseen by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of running a secret jail in Iraq that is not subject to inspection by international groups and torturing suspects [JURIST news archive] in another … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday praised the efforts [press release] of Egyptian protesters while repeating concerns over casualties [JURIST report], calling on the nation's leaders to give citizens the democratic reform they demand. There are currently unconfirmed reports of 300 casualties and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] granted summary judgment [opinion, PDF] Monday in favor of the government in CCR v. Obama [case materials], ruling that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] lacked standing to challenge the legality of … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has called for an end to police attacks and an investigation into the deaths of protesters in Tunisia. The protest movement in Tunisia ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile], sending him into exile, and the UN reported this week … [read more]

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