Legal news from Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[JURIST] The Massachusetts legislature [official website] passed a bill [H3810 text] Tuesday night that will protect transgender people in housing, credit and the workplace, as well as including them under hate crime protections. The bill passed the House by a vote of 115-37 and the Senate by a vote of … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and EG Justice [advocacy websites] claimed Tuesday that Equatorial Guinea's recent referendum on constitutional reforms was rife with voter fraud [EG report; HRW report]. The referendum [JURIST report], which was approved with near-unanimous support, removed the age limit for presidents and created a vice president … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] in its appeal [JURIST report] to the Montana Supreme Court [official website] arguing that denying partnership benefits to same-sex couples violates the Montana state constitution [text, PDF]. The ACLU opined that a district judge's … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday ordered [text, PDF; ICTY press release] the appointment of a medical expert to conduct a medical examination and issue a report on the physical condition of former Serbian general and alleged … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday called on Egypt's military prosecutors to release Alaa Abd El Fattah [blog; Twitter feed], a blogger and activist who engaged in protests and accused the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] of committing abuses, such as using military trials … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] urging the court to strike down Alabama's immigration law [HB 56 text]. The DOJ filed its brief in response to a federal … [read more]

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom [official website] on Tuesday said he will allow former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] to be extradited to the US for trial. The charges against Portillo in the US stem from accusations of his involvement in money laundering and the embezzlement [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors with Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) [Facebook page] Monday filed an application for formal charges against the detained leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) [party website], alleging crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 [Bangladesh News backgrounder]. If the application is approved, Salauddin … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted against [agenda text] hearing amendments that would have effectively freed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] by fining her rather than imposing a criminal sentence for the financial crimes she was convicted [JURIST report] of last month. … [read more]

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