Legal news from Friday, November 18, 2011

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter [official website] said Friday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] must make food security a top priority [UN News Centre report; report, PDF] at its global trade talks next month. De Schutter stressed that WTO policies … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] filed an immediate appeal [text, PDF] on Friday of the court's decision to release [JURIST report] Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith [ECCC profile, PDF] after finding her unfit to stand trial. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A jailed former Sri Lanka army chief was sentenced on Friday to an additional three years in prison for reportedly implicating his country's defense secretary in war crimes at the end of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war [CFR backgrounder]. In the High Court [official website] ruling, two out … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied a request [opinion, PDF] to block the release of names on Washington state petitions for Referendum 71 (R-71) opposing domestic partnerships. Last month, the Washington secretary of state began to release the names [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Philippine authorities arrested former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday in response to a warrant [text] issued that same day on charges of corruption and election fraud occurring during her time as president. Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room [AP report] where she … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian lawmakers in the city of St. Petersburg on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved an initial reading of a bill that would impose fines against people convicted of promoting homosexuality, including gays or lesbians who are open about their sexuality. The legislation, which was supported by the ruling United Russia party … [read more]

[JURIST] The White House released a statement of administration policy [text, PDF] on Thursday praising the work of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) [official website] on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 [SB 1867, PDF] but warning that President Barack Obama [official website] could veto the bill if … [read more]

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