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Legal news from Thursday, January 19, 2012

[JURIST] The Ethiopian Federal High Court [official website, in Amharic] on Thursday convicted three Ethiopian journalists, a political opposition leader and a politician's assistant for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism in violation of the country's Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009 [text]. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and other advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] honored a summons issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] by appearing Thursday to answer contempt charges brought by the court earlier this week [JURIST report]. Gilani was ordered to appear to explain why he did … [read more]

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Wednesday sentenced a prominent rights activist to 10 years in prison, marking the third such sentence in a month. Dissident Li Tie was sentenced for subversion [BBC report]. The charges were brought in response to pro-democracy articles Li wrote in 2010. Li professed his innocence saying … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of Australian citizens on Thursday proposed that the country's Constitution [materials] recognize the Australian indigenous population [report materials], including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Currently, although Aborigines make up almost three percent of the Australian population, they are not mentioned in the constitution. The panel, consisting … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of Middle Eastern human rights organizations on Thursday accused all parties involved in the Libya conflict [JURIST backgrounder] of human rights violations [report, PDF] and crimes against humanity. Three organizations were involved in the fact-finding mission [press release] which resulted in the report: the Arab Organisation for … [read more]

[JURIST] A committee of the French Senate [official website, in French] voted on Wednesday to oppose a law that would outlaw genocide denial [press release], including the World War I-era killings of more than one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The proposed law [materials], which was approved by the French … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Wednesday, both dealing with different aspects of immigration. In Holder v. Sawyers [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], consolidated with Holder v. Gutierrez, the court heard arguments on whether alien children of legal residents can … [read more]

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