Legal news from Wednesday, April 18, 2012

[JURIST] The UN agency charged with combating international crime and an organization promoting fair and efficient migration practicessigned an agreement [UN News Centre report] on Tuesday pledging to work together to reduce human trafficking [JURIST news archive] and migrant smuggling. In the agreement, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime … [read more]

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and a group of plaintiffs' attorneys sought preliminary approval [BP press release] from a federal judge on Wednesday on a settlement agreement between the oil company and individuals and businesses adversely affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] A Libyan military commander filed a lawsuit [press release] on Tuesday against former UK Justice Minister Jack Straw alleging that the minister was instrumental in his illegal rendition to Libya, where he was tortured under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Abdel Hakim Belhadj and his wife were transferred to … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called Tuesday for the governments of Sudan and South Sudan [BBC backgrounders] to cease the recent violence [press release] which has led to civilian casualties on both sides. Pillay emphasized that both governments have an obligation under international human … [read more]

[JURIST] The Rwandan high court ruled Wednesday that the case against opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza [campaign website; JURIST news archive] will continue despite her announcement this week that she refuses to attend further proceedings. The court's ruling [AP report] paves the way for the prosecution to begin its case … [read more]

[JURIST] Muslim Cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile] lodged and appeal of his deportation from the UK with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday. He cannot be deported to Jordan until his appeal is answered. The deadline for filing the appeal was late Tuesday night, and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a portion of an Arizona voter registration law requiring voters to show identification at the polls, while striking down a provision that further required proof of citizenship to register to vote in federal … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] issued a request for information [text, PDF] to the US Department of Defense on Tuesday under the under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] regarding a December 2009 missile attack in Yemen that … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in Dorsey v. United States [transcript, PDF] on whether minimum sentencing mandates in the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) [materials; JURIST report] should be applied to crimes committed before the FSA was enacted, but where sentencing occurred … [read more]

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