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Legal news from Thursday, September 1, 2011

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday began hearings at The Hague in the cases against six Kenyans accused of crimes against humanity stemming from 2007 post-election violence [JURIST news archive]. The hearings will confirm the charges against three of the six men and will establish if … [read more]

[JURIST] Director General of the UN Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official website], Irina Bokova [official website], expressed concern Thursday over the abuse of journalists in Syria [press release]. She stated: "Torture and detention will never convince the people of Syria that might is right. It is essential for … [read more]

[JURIST] A New Mexico judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked [opinion, PDF] the "Residency Verification Program" [press release], announced last month by Governor Susana Martinez [official website]. Judge Sarah Singleton stated that "irreparable injury will occur in the form of constitutional deprivations" if the "Residency Verification Program" is not halted. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Thursday accused European governments of numerous human rights violations [statement] during counter-terrorism efforts over the past 10 years. Hammarberg said that many European countries began helping the US with secret counter-terrorism measures after … [read more]

[JURIST] A public employees union has filed a lawsuit in Indiana state court challenging a state law disallowing future recognition of public employee collective bargaining rights. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 62 [advocacy website], which represents Indiana state employees, announced that it has filed suit … [read more]

[JURIST] Liberia's National Election Commission (NEC) [official website] on Wednesday announced that all four proposed amendments to the Republic's constitution were voted down [press release] in last week's national referendum. One defeated proposal was to move back the national election date from the first Tuesday in October to the first … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] in Seattle to preserve two lawsuits over the warrantless surveillance of US citizens. EFF argued that the government should not be able block the suits under … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colombian Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday reinstated the murder conviction against ex-politician Alberto Santofimio Botero for the 1989 killing of Luis Carlos Galan, a political opponent of the drug cartels. The court issued an arrest warrant [El Espectador report] for Santofimio, the former justice minister … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was indicted [press release, in Croatian] on Wednesday for corruption. The country's Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) [official website, in Croatian] alleges Sanader received a pay-off of more than 3.6 million kuna (nearly USD $695,000) from Austria's Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank [official … [read more]

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