Legal news from Monday, October 24, 2011

[JURIST] Tunisia conducted its first free elections Sunday, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] emphasizing the importance of adherence to the rule of law as the country moves forward. The election for the new constituent assembly was a success with a turnout rate of over … [read more]

[JURIST] An Australian citizen has filed two counts of war crimes charges against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] for abuses that he allegedly witnessed in 2007 and 2008 as the Sri Lankan civil war drew to a close. Jegen Warran claims to have witnessed intentional attacks [ABC News … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Monday urged Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] to investigate the apparent "mass execution" [press release] of 53 Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] supporters whose bodies were discovered at an abandoned hotel in an area of Sirte that was … [read more]

[JURIST] Antonio Cassese [JURIST news archive], a renowned Italian international war crimes expert and key figure in the establishment of two international criminal tribunals, died Saturday in Florence, Italy, at the age of 74. Cassese was the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for Nuon Chea [case materials, PDF], a former leader of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Monday against Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC backgrounder] for interfering with the UN-backed war crimes tribunal. Chea's lawyers accused the prime minister of criminally conspiring … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul [profile] called Friday for integration of a gender perspective [report, PDF] into countries' criminal justice systems. The annual report "addresses the need to consider and integrate a gender perspective in the criminal justice system … [read more]

[JURIST] Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil [official profile] said Monday that he has ordered an investigation into the death of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. He said that the National Transition Council [official website] has formed a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding Gaddafi's capture and … [read more]

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