Legal news from Thursday, October 13, 2011

[JURIST] Libyan forces have arrested nearly 2,500 people who face ongoing torture and detainment without formal charges [briefing paper, PDF], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] alleged Thursday. Interviews of 300 Libyan prisoners in August and September revealed that many were abducted from their homes without arrest warrants, were beaten and … [read more]

[JURIST] Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website, in Kazakh; BBC profile] on Thursday signed into law a controversial bill dissolving religious organizations and requiring re-registration, drawing criticism from international observers. The bill dissolves current registrations and establishes a procedure requiring groups to meet membership thresholds [AP report]—at least 50 members … [read more]

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives and Senate [official websites] on Wednesday gave final approval to three free trade agreements, marking the first time in several years that the US has formed a trade partnership. The House and Senate voted in rapid succession [AP report] to pass the trade pacts … [read more]

[JURIST] An alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir [official profile], Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US, may violate the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents [text, PDF; materials], which Iran signed in 1978. The US Department of Justice [official … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to block South Carolina's recently passed immigration law [SB 20 text]. Brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) [advocacy websites] and other civil rights groups, the class action suit [complaint, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Wednesday that Sudan will adopt an Islamic constitution. The creation of an Islamic state, three months after the official split between Sudan and South Sudan [JURIST report], is intended to more accurately reflect the religious affiliation of its population, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered whether a suspect's Fourth Amendment [text] rights were violated when he was strip searched … [read more]

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