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Legal news from Monday, March 26, 2012

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human RightsNavi Pillay [official website] on Monday cited enforced disappearances as one of the most heinous crimes during her opening statement [text] to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. Pillay complimented the committee for focusing part of discussions on the effects that enforced disappearances have on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that provisions of the Canadian Criminal Code [text] place unconstitutional restrictions on prostitutes' ability to protect themselves while others are not a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. The specific provisions involved, § 210, … [read more]

[JURIST] Slovenians voted in a national referendum on Sunday against amendments to the country's family law that would have increased the rights granted to same-sex couples. The proposed Family Code [text, DOC, in Slovenian] passed the Slovenian Parliament [official website, in Slovenian] last year under former prime minister Borut Pahor … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Florida v. Harris [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether an alert by a well-trained narcotics detection dog certified to detect illegal contraband is sufficient to establish probable cause for the search of a vehicle. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel announced Monday that the country will sever ties to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] after it commenced an international investigation [press release] into Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced [Reuters report] this decision on Monday, adding that … [read more]

[JURIST] Retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug [official website, in Turkish] appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday for the beginning of his trial on terrorism charges. The hearing before the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court occurred in a courtroom at the Silivri prison, where Basbug has been held [Reuters report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Human rights groups commenced legal action on Monday urging South African courts to prosecute citizens of Zimbabwe for crimes against humanity. Rights group claim that South Africa has an obligation under international law [Reuters report] to bring justice to those who commit human rights violations. If South African courts … [read more]

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