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Legal news from Friday, August 26, 2011

[JURIST] The Arizona Attorney General [official website] filed a suit [complaint, PDF; press release] on Thursday asking for an injunction on portions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) [materials], arguing that it is unconstitutional for a state to clear any voting regulations with the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged the Brazilian government to revoke [press release] the 1979 Amnesty Law [text, PDF, in Spanish], which shields military officials from prosecution for crimes committed during the country's 1964-1985 military dictatorship. In December, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] issued [press release] a new regulation [text, PDF] on Thursday requiring employers to post their employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act [text] in the workplace. These rights include the right to unionize, to bargain collectively and to refuse pressures … [read more]

[JURIST] The Chief Justice of Hungary, Andras Baka, has petitioned [text, DOC, in Hungarian] the Hungarian Supreme Court [official website, in Hungarian] to review a recently enacted law that he claims gives prosecutors too much power and violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text] and the Hungarian Constitution [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana [official profile] on Thursday urged the government of Myanmar to investigate human rights abuses and improve its rights record [press release]. Speaking at the end of his five-day mission to Myanmar, Quintana said that the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] on Friday overturned the conviction [press release, in Chinese] of former president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of embezzling state funds but sentenced him to additional jail time on charges of money-laundering and forgery. The court had … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [text] against five states in their latest efforts to stop Asian carp [EPA backgrounder] from overrunning the Great Lakes. Officials fear that the 100-pound fish, which reproduce rapidly, could wipe out native species and destroy … [read more]

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