Legal news from Sunday, October 2, 2011

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday told gay rights activists that he would continue to fight for the repeal [text] of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. During a speech given at the 15th annual dinner hosted by equal rights group Human Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini doctors and nurses on Saturday urged the UN to investigate claims of abuse and due process violations in relation to their recent convictions for pro-democracy protests. Last week, the National Safety Court of Appeal, a court composed of military prosecutors and civilian and military judges, in Bahrain [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] on Friday rejected the appeal against extradition of accused Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. For five years, Vasiljkovic has fought against extradition [AP report] from Australia to Croatia to face war crimes charges stemming from his … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Saturday voiced concerns regarding the growing number of journalists killed in Mexico [UN News Centre report] and called for Mexican authorities to investigate these crimes and bring those responsible to justice. According to the journalism … [read more]

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