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Legal news from Thursday, April 26, 2012

[JURIST] The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies [official website] Wednesday passed amendments to the country's Forest Code, which requires landowners to conserve certain percentages of total acreage as forested terrain. Passed 247-184 over strong opposition, the controversial legislation eases conservation rules [BBC report] for farmers and provides amnesty from fines for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District II on Wednesday declined [order, PDF] to hear a request to overturn a temporary injunction against the state's controversial voter ID law [Wisconsin Act 23; JURIST news archive], which requires that all voters present a form of photo identification at the polls. … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the government will appeal [docket] a recent prostitution ruling [JURIST report] to the Supreme Court of Canada [official website]. The decision rendered three portions of the nation's current anti-prostitution law unconstitutional and imposed a 30-day period for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] convicted [order text] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of contempt of court Wednesday for disobeying a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. The decision proscribed a symbolic punishment of … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenya dismissed four senior judges on Wednesday after an independent board found that they lacked integrity and were incompetent. The men removed from their position were Riaga Omollo, the Chief of the Court of Appeals, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel Okubasu and Joseph Nyamu. Five other judges were cleared of any … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] expressed concern [press release] Wednesday that recent restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a number of countries may fundamentally effect freedoms and human rights. Pillay highlighted Egypt, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Belarus, Israel and Venezuela as examples of countries that have … [read more]

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment summary, PDF; press release, PDF] former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on all 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. Trial Chamber II found … [read more]

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