Legal news from Thursday, December 22, 2011
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] On Thursday, former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] that she will discontinue all appeals [JURIST report] and that she will solely rely on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to intervene [ECHR case materials] in her conviction. Tymoshenko [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Thursday blocked [order, PDF] portions of South Carolina's controversial immigration law [SB 20]. The legislation requires police officers to check a suspect's immigration status during a lawful stop, seizure, detention or arrest if [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit [order, PDF; opinion, PDF] by a former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee alleging that he was subjected to torture. Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Ginco, a Syrian national who [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday said that the Bahrain government should release prisoners detained during peaceful protests [news release] and focus on rebuilding national trust in the government. Pillay's statement follows a visit by a team of human rights officials to Bahrain [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] approved a draft law Thursday that would outlaw genocide denial, including the World War I-era killings of more than one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The measure would ban genocide denial generally, but it has sparked a diplomatic row with Turkey [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Puerto Rican lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation to hold a referendum on the island's status with the US. The House of Representatives [official website, in Spanish] passed the measure by a vote of 31-13 [press release, in Spanish], and a plebiscite will be held on November 6, 2012, coinciding [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday rejected a proposal [judgment; press release] to establish a single national securities regulatory body to replace the current system managed by individual provinces and territories. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty [official website] introduced [JURIST report] the legislation [text; official backgrounder] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law is "fundamentally flawed and being used to repress legitimate reporting," Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Wednesday. HRW made the statement after two Swedish journalists were convicted [Bloomberg report] Wednesday of supporting terrorism under Ethiopia's Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009 [text]. The journalists, who [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized [press release] the Kyrgyz Supreme Court for upholding a guilty verdict in a trial it claims was marred by allegations of torture, violence and threats. In its ruling on December 20, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court upheld a verdict against eight [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times (NYT) [media website] filed a lawsuit [text] against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday alleging the government violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] in refusing to release legal memoranda related to targeted killings of terror suspects. The suit relates [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] has agreed to pay a record $335 million [press release] to settle claims that its subsidiary, Countrywide Financial, discriminated against Hispanic and African-American home buyers. According to the DOJ complaint [text, PDF], [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Belarus Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2011 [text, PDF], imposing new sanctions on Belarus [JURIST news archive] in reaction [press release] to what the bill's author calls "the worst political crackdown in Europe in well over a decade." If [read more]

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