Legal news from Wednesday, June 6, 2012

[JURIST] Preserve Marriage Washington [advocacy website] presented over 200,000 referendum signatures on Wednesday seeking to overturn recently signed same-sex marriage legislation. The signatures have prevented Washington's gay marriage law from taking effect on Thursday. Earlier this year Washington Governor Chris Gregoire [official website] announced her plans to permit same-sex marriages … [read more]

[JURIST] The US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) [official website] on Wednesday published its 2011 Report on Terrorism [text, PDF] which concluded that the total number of worldwide terrorism attacks has dropped 12 percent from 2010 and 29 percent from 2007. The report is compiled based on data collected through the … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] on Wednesday that since July 2011 at least 40 people including women and children have been killed during cross-border attacks on Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] villages by armed militants in Liberia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the state of Florida on Monday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] alleges that the state's ban on local authorities hiring companies that do business in Cuba or Syria is unconstitutional. Odebrecht Construction, Inc. [corporate website, … [read more]

[JURIST] A Muslim rights group filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Wednesday seeking to end the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] controversial surveillance program, which allegedly targets individuals based on religious affiliation. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested and returned to prison on Wednesday after posting critical comments about the government on his social media page, according to his lawyer. This is not the first time Rajab has been arrested in connection with comments posted to his Twitter [website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a petition for full access to executions submitted by the Associated Press [media website] and 16 other newspaper agencies. The Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) [official website] policy of having … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 [text, PDF] that criminalize the financing of terrorism. The bill penalizes an individual who organizes or directs the commission of the crime of financing terrorism with imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of … [read more]

[JURIST] The bipartisan legal advisory group in charge of defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] filed its brief [text, PDF] on Monday defending the act's provision denying federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples. The brief, filed in the US Court of Appeals for … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] a proposal [text, PDF] that would address the problems of bailing out large banks with public funds during financial crises in the future. The proposal rests on Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) … [read more]

[JURIST] North Korea's caste system leads to abuses and human rights violations in the country, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Wednesday. The report alleges that the caste system, known as Songbun, is used as justification for the systematic abuse and arbitrary … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt [official website] said Wednesday that it will rule on the constitutionality of the proposed amendments to the political isolation law on June 14. The Political isolation law was passed in 2011 and had the purpose of blocking high members of the regime of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Interior Minister of Bahrain said that the government was not responsible for the use of excessive force by police officers last year, which resulted in the death of more than 30 protesters, a regional newspaper reported Wednesday. The Minister indicated that the officers acted of their own accord, … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report, PDF] Israel to release all prisoners of conscience and administrative detainees or immediately try them under international fair trial standards. AI revealed that Israel has been using a number of laws, such as the Military Order 1651 and the Emergency … [read more]

[JURIST] Both houses of the Russian parliament have passed a controversial bill that increases the maximum fine for protestors who violate demonstration regulations. The lower house, or State Duma [official website, in Russian], passed the bill [press release, in Russian] late Tuesday night on its third reading amid protests that … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday began a five-day visit [press release] to locations relevant to the indictment of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive], founding member of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS). … [read more]

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