Legal news from Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[JURIST] Lesbians and transgender men in South Africa face discrimination and fear violence on a daily basis from both private individuals and government officials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] on Monday. The report argues that the government has failed to protect lesbians and transgender … [read more]

[JURIST] The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] issued preliminary findings [text, PDF; press release] on Sunday stating that the Russian election was "characterized by frequent procedural violations and instances of apparent manipulation." The report noted that the vote count was assessed was "bad or very … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission for Competition [official website] announced Tuesday that it will investigate Apple [corporate website] for anti-competitive practices in connection with its dealings with several publishers. The investigation is allowed by Article 11(6) of the Antitrust Regulation [text]. The Commission will probe whether Apple colluded with publishing companies, … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday that he will continue to monitor post-election violence [statement] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Moreno-Ocampo said that he is in the process of requesting information from DRC authorities and that he would … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of 14 Asian countries in the Asia-Pacific region execute more people than the rest of the world combined, the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network [advocacy website] said Monday. The report, When Justice Fails: Thousands Executed in Asia After Unfair Trials [text, PDF], argues that these countries' legal systems … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday urged all sides in Yemen to cease ongoing deadly attacks [press release] and live up to previous commitments to investigate the serious human rights violations of its former government, calling for an immediate and impartial investigation. Ravina … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 20,000 children are subjected to harsh and unsafe conditions [press release] while working in Malian gold mines, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Tuesday. Children reportedly carry heavy ore from the mining shafts and are exposed to mercury inhalation, which causes severe health problems. … [read more]

[JURIST] A second major tobacco company, Imperial Tobacco, Ltd. [corporate website], on Tuesday filed an action in Australia's High Court [official website] challenging the country's new tobacco packaging laws. Last month, Parliament [official website] approved [JURIST report] the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill [text], which removes descriptive colors and logos from … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced [JURIST report] Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 million. The … [read more]

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