Legal news from Monday, August 1, 2011

[JURIST] Members of the Belarus Parliament have introduced a bill that would ban so-called "silent protests," including those involving large groups of people basically doing nothing. The law seems aimed at stopping numerous silent protests [AFP report] across Belarus with protestors meeting in large groups chanting, clapping hands or standing … [read more]

[JURIST] An Austrian court on Friday rejected Serbia's extradition request for former Bosnian general and suspected war criminal Jovan Divjak. The court ruled that Divjak likely would not receive a fair trial [AP report] if he were extradited, expressing concerns that Serb authorities would not have access to evidence or … [read more]

[JURIST] The Jerusalem District Court on Monday ruled that suspected Bosnian war criminal Aleksander Cvetkovic could be extradited to Bosnia to stand trial for crimes committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. Bosnian authorities claim that Cvetkovic participated in the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre [JURIST news archive] that … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Kansas [official website] Monday blocked a Kansas law [HB 2014, PDF; materials] that would prevent Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) [advocacy website] from receiving federal funding. Judge J Thomas Marten issued a temporary injunction [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] will be televised live, the trial judge announced Monday. The trial will also be held at the national police academy in a room large enough to accommodate 600 people [UPI report]. The judge did not … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], according to UN documents [text, PDF] from May released Monday by Freedom Now [advocacy website]. Liu is currently serving an … [read more]

[JURIST] Venezuelan Minister for Prisons Iris Varela announced Sunday that she plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in an effort to reduce prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive]. Varela, who was appointed [TeleSUR report, in Spanish] to the position by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; … [read more]

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