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Legal news from Tuesday, June 12, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

The administration of Florida Governor Rick Scott filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against Department of Homeland Security and US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for banning the state from comparing names in the state voter system with those in the Systematic Alien Verification …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday called for the immediate release of immigrants being held in the immigration detention units of the Pinal County Jail (PCJ) in Arizona. The ACLU sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) alleging that conditions in the prison are unsanitary …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Moldova violated the rights to peaceful assembly and to be free from discrimination by banning gay groups from protesting in front of the country's parliament. In 2005, Genderdoc-M applied for a peaceful protest outside the parliament to encourage the government to adopt laws that would …

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by Sung Un Kim

Bolivian authorities on Monday arrested a former chief of the country's armed forces on corruption charges. Prosecutor Harry Suaznabar charged General Alvin Kippes with illicit enrichment, dereliction of duty and abuse of influence, all punishable under the country's penal code. Kippes will be held in detention due to risks of information leaks and obstructing …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Kenyan court on Tuesday sentenced the first suspect in the 2007 post-election violence to life imprisonment. Justice Roselyn Wendoh convicted Paul Ruto, who is not related to William Ruto, for the murder of Kimani Thiongo. Tuesday's conviction marked the beginning of trialsconcerning the country's 2007 post-election violence. Four of the six Kenyan …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Myanmar to ensure the safety of communities in the Arakan State. According to HRW, the violence between Arakan Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims creates a safety risk for the surrounding community leaving an unknown number dead. The violence began when earlier this month …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday found former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani guilty of authoring the secret memo that implied Pakistani politicians were collaborating with US politicians. The memo was sent to US Admiral Mike Mullen in May of last year after Osama bin …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that it will postpone the confirmation of charges hearing for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo after his defense team requested more time. No new hearing date was set. Last week Gbagbo's lawyers asked the ICC to postpone the hearing …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Amnesty International (AI) called on Egypt Monday to investigate attacks on women protesters after a group of activists were violently assaulted last week. AI reported that a protest against sexual harassment turned violent on Friday when a large group of men moved in and began groping and punching women in the crowd. Men involved in …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled on Monday that HTC could not use five patents that it obtained from Google last August in its case against Apple. Apple had argued that HTC did not obtain all necessary rights to the intellectual …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a new report on Monday detailing the violations committed against children in conflict zones. The report discussed each conflict zone, including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan, South …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Bahraini authorities have released an 11-year-old detainee who was imprisoned for nearly a month, his lawyer told reporters on Tuesday. Ali Hasan Alqudaihi was arrested on May 14 for allegedly attending an illegal gathering. The boy was accused of deliberately blocking traffic with several other individuals. The Bahrain Center For Human Rights (BCHR) called for …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday began its investigation into the state's stand your ground law. The task force is holding its first public hearing Tuesday morning and parents of Trayvon Martin [BBC backgrounder; JURIST op-ed], a 17-year-old African American high school junior, will …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Tuesday that the Libyan government has failed to explain why four ICC staff members are being detained, and their continued detention is a violation of international law. A judicial source in Libya told reporters Monday that the four will remain in "preventative" detention for 45 days …

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by Jamie Davis

New York City on Monday filed a derivative suit in Delaware Chancery Court against Wal-Mart alleging that both officers and board members of the company breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders by improperly handling reports of bribery that occurred in Mexico. The allegations of bribery and the alleged cover up that followed first …

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