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Legal news from Wednesday, June 20, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice on Wednesday confirmed the two-year sentence against former prime minister Adrian Nastase. He had been charged with graft and corruption, found guilty and sentenced in January to two years in prison. He and other conspirators were accused of …

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by Sung Un Kim

The government of Uganda announced on Wednesday that it will ban at least 38 non-governmental organizations that are accused of promoting gay rights and recruiting children to homosexuality. Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo alleged that those organizations are receiving international support in their conversion of children into homosexuality, which is …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A lawyer for a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) plaintiffs in Tennessee said Wednesday that she will appeal the decision of a Tennessee County judge dismissing a lawsuit challenging a controversial law. The suit challenges Tennessee's Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act (EAIC) text] which bars local governments from creating anti-discrimination laws that are stricter than …

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by Sung Un Kim

A federal judge on Wednesday expressed his doubts about a requested injunction against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit that would have a significant effect on the company. At the beginning of the trial between Apple and Motorola, Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit, who is sitting in as a trial judge for the US …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The European Commission on Tuesday announced its plan to end human trafficking in Europe. The commission said that human trafficking is "the slavery of our times," noting that people of all ages are abducted and sold for sexual slavery, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation. The commission identified poverty, …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Committee Against Torture has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture in their home country. The committee recommended that the government seek the …

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by Sung Un Kim

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei was banned on Wednesday from attending the first hearing in the case brought by his company, Fake Cultural Development Ltd., against Beijing tax authorities. The court was also closed to filming, denying access to reporters into the courthouse. Police officers stationed in front of Ai's house blocked him from going to …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions told reporters Wednesday that after a two-day dialogue with US officials about legal concerns over drone-strike killings, the US has failed to directly address any of his questions. Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns presented his report at the 20th session of the UN …

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by Sung Un Kim

The new Senegalese government should take this opportunity to protect and promote human rights by addressing the impunity that undermines the judicial system and rule of law in the country, Amnesty International (AI) said on Wednesday. In its report, AI listed areas which the new government has to address to achieve the goals of establishing …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The president of Haiti on Tuesday gave final approval for amendments to the Constitution of Haiti that will allow dual-citizens to vote and be appointed to administrative positions. President Michel Joseph Martelly originally opposed the amendments but ultimately approved them. The changes became official when they were posted to Haiti's National Gazette [official …

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by Sung Un Kim

Sudan's Ministry of Justice on Tuesday appointed a new special prosecutor for crimes committed in Darfur. Justice Minister Mohamed Bushara Dousa announced Yasir Ahmed Mohamed, a senior counselor, as the new prosecutor who will handle criminal cases surrounding the crimes committed between August 2003 and March 2004, the Sudan Tribune reported [Sudan …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An anonymous same-sex couple in New York on Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit against Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and a New York hospital seeking to compel the hospital to provide spousal healthcare benefits. The hospital, St. Joseph's Medical Center, is a Catholic institution that has a policy against providing benefits to same-sex …

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by Sung Un Kim

Integrative human rights and environmental protection laws and policies should be implemented to achieve sustainable development, according to a joint report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, which was released under the framework of Rio+20, argued that the "protection of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on Tuesday presented his report to the UN Human Rights Council, concluding that people in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories are severely limited in free expression, both by the official governing bodies, and de …

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by Sung Un Kim

The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics against Apple in a patent infringement case. All About Phones reported that the court held Apple liable for infringing upon one of the Korean company's four patents, a 3G patent. The …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Tuesday struck down a portion of the Chicago Firearms Ordinance, saying the standard was unconstitutionally vague. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan struck down a section of the act which prevents firearm purchase by individuals who have "been convicted by a court …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Constitutional Court of Kuwait on Wednesday held that this year's election for the new parliament was unconstitutional and the previous parliament of 2009 should be reinstated, state agency Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. The court's decision to nullify the current parliament came only two days after Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Sabah …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

US Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at blocking the Obama adminstration's decision last week to stop deporting many illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama's administrative action will temporarily stop deporting many illegal immigrants under the age of 30 who were brought to the US as children. Quayle's "Prohibiting Back-door Amnesty Act …

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