Legal news from Thursday, May 10, 2012

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Wednesday urged [UN News Centre report] the Israeli government to try or release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners without delay to avoid any further risk on their health condition. The prisoners, who have been in Israeli custody, began their open-ended hunger strike … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday against Maricopa County, Arizona, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official websites] alleging discriminatory conduct. The DOJ claims that Arpaio and his department engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminatory … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the National Assembly of Kosovo [official website] Wednesday to remove certain provisions in the draft criminal code that they claim violate freedom of the press [press release]. In a letter [text], HRW claims that articles 37 and 38 of the draft code … [read more]

[JURIST] The Argentine Senate [official website, in Spanish] approved a measure on Wednesday that allows people who want sex-change surgery or hormone therapy to have these treatments covered under their public or private health plans. The measure, known as the Gender Identity law, also allows any adult to change his … [read more]

[JURIST] A Dutch court on Thursday ordered [decision, PDF, in Dutch] Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [website] or else pay a fine of USD $12,750 per day. Rechtbank-Gravenhage [official website, in Dutch], a Dutch district court, issued its ruling on … [read more]

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