Legal news from Saturday, May 12, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard arguments Friday from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] which is appealing a dismissal of a challenge over the no-fly list maintained by the Transportation Safety Association (TSA) [official website]. The lower court [opinion, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic [official profile] on Friday addressed [UN News Centre] the recent increase in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and the resulting human rights violations.The tension between government forces and dissident groups and militia … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday rejected [opinion, PDF] a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [official website] request arising out of 2010 cyber attack on Google [JURIST news archive] targeting Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. The Electronic Privacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kansas State Senate [official website] approved a bill [HB 2087, PDF] on Friday that forbids the use of foreign or religious law in Kansas courts. The bill both prohibits state judges from using foreign law to adjudicate disputes and makes contracts that purport to be governed by foreign … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in Suriname [official website, in Dutch] delayed the trial of President Desi Bouterse [official profile, in Dutch] on Friday until a constitutional court can determine whether an amnesty law passed in April [JURIST report] grants Bouterse immunity from murder charges. Judge Cynthia Valstein Montnor explained [AFP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a compliant [text, PDF] with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] seeking a federal investigation into allegations of abuse of individuals at ports of entries (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) … [read more]

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