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Legal news from Wednesday, October 19, 2011

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] said Wednesday that he will not appeal the court's decision to proceed with a single trial for former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive]. The prosecutor … [read more]

[JURIST] An Oklahoma state court judge on Wednesday issued a temporary injunction [docket materials] against a new Oklahoma law [House Bill 1970 text, RTF] that restricts how doctors may use abortion-inducing drugs to treat patients. Judge Daniel Owens of the District Court of Oklahoma County [official website] granted the motion … [read more]

[JURIST] Governments should ban solitary confinement [press release] for juveniles and prisoners with mental disabilities, a UN torture expert said Tuesday in a report to the UN General Assembly [official website]. UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official website] told the assembly members that governments should impose solitary confinement … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Friday sentenced [ruling, PDF] a former ethnic Albanian rebel fighter to five years in prison for crimes committed against civilians during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Sali Rexhepi was charged with three … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] ruled [judgment, in Spanish] Monday that presidential hopeful Leopoldo Lopez remains banned from running in next year's elections. Lopez, an opposition leader, is considered to be a threat [Bloomberg report] to current President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official websites] announced on Tuesday that 396,906 illegal immigrants were deported in 2011 [press release], the largest number in the agencies' history. The report indicated that more than half of the deportees were convicted criminals. In … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) [official website] is not obligated to reduce green house gas emissions, a contributor to global warming [JURIST news archive], in order to protect … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Ahmed Shaheed said Monday that human rights violations in Iran are on the rise, as he presented a report [text, PDF] to the UN General Assembly [official website]. Citing an increase in persecutions among political activists and journalists, Shaheed criticized detention conditions [Reuters report], … [read more]

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