Legal news from Friday, April 29, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website], in an emergency special session on Friday, publicly condemned [text, PDF] the violence used by Syrian authorities against peaceful protesters. Additionally, the council has immediately called for a full investigation of "all alleged violations of international human rights law" in Syria. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] last year's ruling that placed a preliminary injunction [text, PDF, JURIST report] on federal funding of embryonic stem cell [JURIST archive] research. In a 2-1 vote by a three-judge panel, the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cambodian government requested Friday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] clarify [press release] its 1962 decision [judgment, PDF] awarding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile] to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia has requested the clarification in order to "peacefully and definitely settle … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] announced [press release] on Thursday his plans to brief the UN Security Council [official website] on May 4 on the progress of his investigation into alleged human rights violations by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] has removed US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive] from his position as an ICTR defense lawyer. Appeals chamber judges said that last week's decision was based on Erlinder's … [read more]

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