Legal news from Sunday, August 21, 2011

[JURIST] Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdad Ali Al-Mahmoudi [BBC backgrounder] requested that the UN create a "high-level commission" to investigate alleged human rights abuses [Reuters report] by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website]. Though NATO was mandated by the UN to use force in order to stop Muammar … [read more]

[JURIST] The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) [official website] announced on Sunday that nine lawmakers will be removed from their parliamentary positions [IEC backgrounder] for election fraud in the disputed September 2010 election [JURIST report]. The representatives are to be removed [AP report] because they allegedly did not receive a … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] complaining of multiple violations of international law stemming from his five-year incarceration at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2007. Hicks, an Australian national, is … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold a controversial law that makes it illegal to falsely claim to be a decorated military veteran. The Stolen Valor Act [text, PDF], enacted in 2005, makes it a … [read more]

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