Legal news from Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[JURIST] The government of Niger announced on Wednesday that it has established a new agency [press release, in French] tasked with combating corruption. The High Authority to Combat Corruption will be comprised of government administration and private sector representatives who will monitor corruption levels, conduct studies and investigations into corrupt … [read more]

[JURIST] Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; political website, in French] said Wednesday that all those responsible for war crimes during the country's post-election violence [JURIST news archive] will be prosecuted and brought to justice regardless of their side. Ouattara said that even his loyalists [Huffington Post report] responsible … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia on Wednesday denied parole for former Yukos oil executive Platon Lebedev [defense website]. Lebedev and his former business partner Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] were convicted in December and sentenced [JURIST reports] in the Khamovinchesky District Court [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of immigrants in Alabama filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Montgomery County Circuit Court [official website] to challenge the controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] as in violation of the state constitution. HB 56, signed into law last month [JURIST report], expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to arrest suspected war criminal Bosco Ntaganda [case materials], a Congolese general wanted [arrest warrant, in French] by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for war crimes. At a conference at the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an appeal attempting to overturn April's decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] that ended an injunction [JURIST reports] on federal funding of embryonic stem cell [JURIST archive] research. The initial suit, brought by two … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indian couple on Wednesday challenged a UK immigration law that contains an English language speaking requirement. The provision [Home Office backgrounder], which was announced in June 2010 by UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official website], requires an immigrant to be able to speak English [Economic Times report] before … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama issued an executive order [text] Monday imposing economic sanctions to combat international organized crime [JURIST news archive] operations, freezing their US assets, preventing the transfer of property to the organizations and criminalizing providing aid the organizations. The order targets four specific Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the government of Bangladesh to ensure that those accused of being involved in a February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] are given fair trials. Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website], a Bangladeshi paramilitary force, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] ruled [press release, in Spanish] unanimously on Tuesday that same-sex couples are "families" under the law and their relationships cannot be invalidated nor can same-sex marriage be made illegal, but gave the Colombian Congress two years to legislate same-sex marriage … [read more]

[JURIST] New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [official website] filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] barring recognition of same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive]. The brief was filed [press release] in the US District Court … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Wednesday rejected a motion to arrest [press release] former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] for disruptive courtroom behavior. Kireyev made his decision based on his ability to control his courtroom, although he stated that Tymoshenko had disrespected him by not … [read more]

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