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Legal news from Friday, October 7, 2011

[JURIST] The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] on Thursday declared that former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livini [official website, in Hebrew] enjoys temporary diplomatic immunity during her visit to London, thereby sparing her from arrest. Livini risked arrest after an application was made [press statement] on Tuesday … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] Friday to halt enforcement [motion, PDF] of a controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. The law requires school officials … [read more]

[JURIST] The Norwegian Nobel Committee [official website] awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize [press release; video] on Friday to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their efforts in promoting women's rights. Sirleaf, known as the "Iron Lady," is the president of Liberia [official profile] and the first … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday again refused [decision, PDF] to hold the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] in contempt for destroying videotapes of detainee interviews following the events of 9/11 [JURIST news archive]. Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ruled [judgment, PDF] that challengers of the $3.4 billion settlement agreement [JURIST report] in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit [backgrounder] will not be required to put up a bond before proceeding with … [read more]

[JURIST] Homicide rates in Central American countries, including El Salvador and Honduras, are reaching a "crisis point," according to a Thursday UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] report [text, PDF] detailing global rates of homicide. The report found that young men in Central and Southern America, Central … [read more]

[JURIST] The new chief prosecutor, Army Brig. General Mark Martins [official profile], on Wednesday indicated future military commissions [official website] at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] will be more transparent and fair to defendants. In addition to congressionally mandated changes like restrictions on the use of evidence obtained through torture or … [read more]

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka's pledge [BBC report] made in 2008 as part of … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense counsel for three Kenyan leaders charged in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] with inciting violence after the December 2007 Kenyan elections [JURIST news archive] argued Wednesday that prosecutors had not fully investigated evidence that they planned to present at trial. Defense counsel argued that witnesses for … [read more]

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