Legal news from Wednesday, February 8, 2012

[JURIST] The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] is authorized to use and pass on information obtained through torture when Canadian lives are at stake, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews [official website] said Tuesday. The statements come in response to a controversial 2010 directive authorizing the use of such … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday urged the international community [press release] to take action to protect Syrian civilians. Pillay argued that the failure of the UN Security Council [official website] to agree on collective action against Syria has encouraged the Syrian government … [read more]

[JURIST] The Parliament of Uganda [official website] on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would criminalize certain homosexual activities. Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] has criticized the bill [press release] as "a grave assault on human rights." The proposed legislation is a new version of another bill [Reuters report] first introduced in … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday appealed a summons issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] demanding he appear [JURIST report] in a hearing against him for contempt. The contempt charge stems from Gilani's refusal to purse corruption charges against … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] urged the Panamanian government on Tuesday to open a dialogue [press release, in Spanish] with the country's indigenous peoples in an effort to alleviate tension and reduce violence. The request comes after one indigenous group … [read more]

[JURIST] The Vatican [official website] sex crimes prosecutor warned bishops on Wednesday that they must follow rules in place for protecting victims of sexual abuse in the church or they risk being sanctioned. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the church appointed prosecutor in the ongoing clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive] scandals, … [read more]

[JURIST] South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] over its ruling that barred South Carolina from enforcing its voter identification law [R54 materials]. The DOJ rejected the law [JURIST report] in December on the grounds … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in Milan ruled Tuesday that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archives] will stand trial for publicly releasing a secret wiretap in 2005. The prosecution alleges that Berlusconi published the transcript of a tapped phone conversation [BBC report] in Il Giornale [media website, … [read more]

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