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Legal news from Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[JURIST] The son of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile], Michel Gbagbo, and 12 other Gbagbo allies were charged Wednesday with committing acts of post-election violence [JURIST news archive]. The 13 men are charged with armed insurrection and undermining the nation. Although Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Wednesday began the country's first trial against a suspect accused of war crimes related to the 1971 War of Independence [Global Security backgrounder]. Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 71, is a senior leader of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) … [read more]

[JURIST] Twenty-seven rights groups called Tuesday for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] to convene a special session on Syria [press release]. The organizations asked the council to end its silence on Syria, especially in light of the ongoing recent killings [Huffington Post report] since the start of … [read more]

[JURIST] Chilean President Sebastian Pinera [official profile, in Spanish] on Tuesday proposed legislation [press release, in Spanish] that would legalize same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The bill, entitled Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja, would extend inheritance and social welfare rights to same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. Pinera insisted … [read more]

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] on Monday signed [press release] into law AB 459 [text, PDF], an interstate compact which would deliver all 55 of California's electoral college [National Archives backgrounder] votes to the winner of the national popular vote in a presidential election. However, the law will … [read more]

[JURIST] An unknown Western country is funding [LAT report] an investigation into Syria's recent human rights abuses, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. A diplomat acknowledged that an anonymous Western nation is working to collect enough testimony to potentially try President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] for war crimes in … [read more]

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced the dissolution of a special court [order, text, in Persian] he had established to investigate poll fraud in last September's parliamentary elections [IEC backgrounder]. The special court overturned the election results [JURIST report] of nearly 25 percent … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] announced on Tuesday that Lebanese authorities reported to the tribunal [press release] on their efforts to search for and arrest four men wanted for killing former prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Arrest warrants were issued [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The state of Kansas on Wednesday filed an appeal seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling [text, PDF] that blocks a Kansas law [HB 2014, PDF; materials] that would prevent Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri (PPKM) [advocacy website] from receiving federal funding. On August 1, a judge for … [read more]

[JURIST] Three environmental groups filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] Monday signaling their collective intention to challenge a lower court ruling [JURIST report] upholding Congressional action removing federal protections for gray wolves in Montana and Idaho. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR), Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraqi Parliament [official website, in Arabic] passed a bill [press release, in Arabic] Tuesday proclaiming to guarantee more protections and rights for journalists, although several journalist rights groups have opposed the law's passage. The Journalists Protection Law, originally proposed in August of 2009 [JURIST report] protects journalists from … [read more]

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