Legal news from Friday, July 8, 2011
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries [official website] on Friday proposed international legislation [UN News Centre report] to create mechanisms for prosecuting contractors and mercenaries when they violate the law. The Chairman of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, Jose Luis Gomez del [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Senegalese government announced on Friday that they will be deporting [meeting summary, in French] former Chad president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to Chad, where he is likely to be tried for war crimes [AP-Senegal report, in French]. The Senegalese government had refused to extradite [JURIST [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Friday revived a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] brought by 15 Indonesian citizens against the US corporation ExxonMobil Corp. [corporate website] alleging that its wholly-owned subsidiary hired security forces that committed numerous human rights abuses. The US District [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] announced Friday that it is filing a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging a controversial Alabama law [HB 56 text; materials] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [official website], [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Thursday released their final report [Heraldo report, in Spanish] on the June 2009 coup [JURIST report] that removed Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from power, declaring the coup unconstitutional, but stating that Zelaya was culpable when he ignored orders of [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] Thursday to block the enforcement of North Carolina's budget that denies state and federal funds used to subsidize Planned Parenthood family planning services and teen sex education. The lawsuit was filed in the US District [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni man pleaded guilty [press release] Thursday to acts of piracy for a hijacking of a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. Mounir Ali pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] to being involved in [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday refused [opinion, PDF] to stay the planned execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia [advocacy website]. When Leal Garcia was arrested for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, he was denied consular access, as required by Article 36 of [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Thursday for a measure to restrict funding for US military operations in Libya but voted down a measure to entirely defund it. In another contradictory message from the House on approval for operations in Libya, it narrowly defeated a bipartisan measure [read more]

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