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Legal news from Friday, April 8, 2011

[JURIST] Human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Doctors Without Borders (DWB) [advocacy websites] criticized [HRW press release; DWB press release] Bahrain on Friday for rampant human rights abuses related to anti-government protests. HRW deputy Middle East director Joe Stork criticized the island kingdom for using the emergency … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen [official website] on Thursday filed a filed a Petition for Supervisory Writ [text, PDF] directly to the state Supreme Court over a circuit court judge's temporary blocking [JURIST report] of a controversial bill that limits the rights of public employee unions. The suit … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [text] on Friday that would allow lawful possession of guns on the public-right-of ways of university campuses. The 33-24 House vote follows Senate approval of the bill after it was amended to prohibit allowing guns inside campus buildings. Supporters … [read more]

[JURIST] Three Kenyan officials made an initial appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday and were notified of the charges pending against them [materials, PDF; press release], stemming from violence surrounding the December 2007 Kenyan elections [JURIST news archive]. The charges against the men under the … [read more]

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to demand the prosecution of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile], his family, and members of his regime. The protests reveal Egyptians' growing frustration with the pace at which the current military council is pursuing the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN announced Friday that investigators would enter Libya next week to begin looking into alleged human rights abuses by both rebels and the armed forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The inquiry into the conditions in Libya had been approved by a unanimous vote … [read more]

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] voted 69-19 [roll call] Thursday to approve a bill [HB 18, PDF] that would ban abortion [JURIST news archive] after 20 weeks of gestation, except in cases where the mother's life is at risk or she faces serious injury. The bill is … [read more]

[JURIST] Bosnian war crimes victims on Thursday submitted evidence to the Prosecutors Office for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] accusing three former members of the Serbian Supreme Council of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Former Yugoslav presidents Zoran Lilic and Dobrica Cosic … [read more]

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