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Legal news from Tuesday, November 29, 2011

[JURIST] Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman [BBC profile; Nobel profile] on Monday uged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to conduct an investigation into the violent crackdown on dissent and alleged human rights violations by the country's former president, Ali Abdullah Sakeh [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Nigerian Senate [official website] passed a bill [SB 05] Tuesday that makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry or for an individual to aid in the marriage of same-sex couples. The bill explicitly states that marriages entered into by persons of the same gender are prohibited and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina [official website] ordered an injunction on Monday to prevent North Carolina from issuing specialty license plates that display a pro-life message, signifying a victory [press release] for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday blocked a proposed $285 million settlement with Citigroup Inc [corporate website] over the sale of toxic mortgage debt. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] put no effort into … [read more]

[JURIST] President of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] Judge David Baragwanath [official website] on Monday issued a statement [text] defending his program following a visit to Lebanon. Tribunal Vice President Judge Ralph Riachi [official website] accompanied Baragwanath on the visit, where they saw … [read more]

[JURIST] An appeals court in Vietnam reduced the sentence of pro-democracy blogger and professor Pham Minh Hoang [blog, in Vietnamese], alias Phan Kien Quoc, by more than half on Tuesday. Hoang was sentenced [JURIST report] in August to three years in prison after writing anti-government articles on his blog under … [read more]

[JURIST] An estimated 7,000 detainees are still being held without due process by Libyan revolutionaries, according to a UN report [materials] made public Monday. The report to the UN Security Council, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile], says that most of the prisoners are being held in facilities maintained … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysia's lower house of Parliament [official website] approved a new law on Tuesday that would ban street protests and impose tougher restrictions on demonstrators in the nation. The Peaceful Assembly Bill [text, PDF] contains an outright ban on street protests while simultaneously restricting the population that may exercise the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain [JURIST news archive] civilian court on Monday postponed its ruling on the appeals of two protesters sentenced to death [JURIST report] for the murder of police officers during anti-government protests. Also Monday, a Bahrain military tribunal resumed the retrial of 20 medical staff members [JURIST report] convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kenyan High Court ruled Monday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] must be arrested if he ever returns to Kenya. The ruling was in response to al-Bashir's second visit [JURIST report], where Kenya joined the ranks of the other African countries that have refused … [read more]

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