Legal news from Saturday, May 14, 2011

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official websites] to reconsider a ruling [opinion, PDF] that plaintiffs in Amnesty v. Blai [ACLU materials] had standing to sue the US government over surveillance. The plaintiffs, including attorneys, journalists and … [read more]

[JURIST] Milorad Dodik [official profile, in Serbian], president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, Republika Srpska [official website], announced on Friday that he has cancelled a referendum on the legality of the war crimes court that was set to take place next month. The referendum would have gauged support amongst citizens … [read more]

[JURIST] Georgia Governor Nathan Deal [official website] signed into law on Friday an "Arizona style" anti-illegal immigration bill [HB 87 text] that allows law enforcement officers to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in criminal investigations. The law also imposes fines and prison sentences of up to one year … [read more]

[JURIST] UN human rights officials expressed concern [UN News Centre report] Friday over rights violations in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen where governments have responded to ongoing reform protests with crackdowns and military deployments. The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] is worried about NGO reports from … [read more]

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