Legal news from Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[JURIST] The District Court of The Hague [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday ruled that the Dutch government must pay damages [court materials, in Dutch] to one survivor and seven widows of men killed by Dutch troops during a 1947 massacre in Indonesia [NRC Handelsblad backgrounder]. The court ruled that … [read more]

[JURIST] The new ruling regime in Libya vowed to investigate allegations of human rights abuses Wednesday after the World Bank [official website] recognized the newly formed National Transitional Council (NTC) [website] as the official government. The NTC was responding [AFP report] to an Amnesty International [advocacy website] report published Tuesday … [read more]

[JURIST] The Paris prosecutor's office on Tuesday began an inquiry into allegations against former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his prime minister Dominique de Villepin over the receipt of millions of dollars from African leaders. The accusations against the two former French officials were made … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [HR 3590 text; JURIST backgrounder] requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional. The challenge was brought by … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] ruled [press release, in Russian] Tuesday that former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev were illegally detained for their trial last year, a symbolic victory for the pair that … [read more]

[JURIST] A delegation from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday released a report [text, PDF] announcing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen [press release] that requires immediate intervention. The delegation was sent to Yemen in late June [JURIST report] to gather information … [read more]

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