Legal news from Tuesday, June 26, 2012

[JURIST] A German court ruled [press release, in German] Tuesday that circumcising young boys based on religious traditions is prohibited even if the parents consent to the procedure. The Cologne state court [official website, in German] addressed the issue of whether to criminalize the circumcision of Muslim and Jewish children … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill [S 1039 text] that would impose sanctions on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved [JURIST report] by a House committee earlier this … [read more]

[JURIST] Libyan armed forces on Tuesday signed [press release] an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] affirming that the country will consider international humanitarian laws during military operations. Under the memorandum, which was signed at the Libyan military headquarters in Tripoli, the ICRC is … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahrain government on Tuesday announced that it would pay $2.6 million in restitution to the families of protesters killed in pro-democracy protests last year. The government said that the compensation was to comply with the recommendations [Reuters report] of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) [official website], … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons [official website], especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] the international community to focus on the human rights of trafficked individuals when criminalizing and prosecuting human trafficking. Ezeilo noted in her report [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [opinion, PDF] the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] that heat-trapping pollutants such as carbon dioxide are endangering the public health and welfare. The court reviewed four rules: the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Omani court on Monday began a hearing against protesters who have been accused of defamation and illegal assembly, according to a local newspaper. The Omani authorities have detained more than 30 individuals who have been protesting against the government demanding political reform, promoting human rights and calling for … [read more]

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer [official website] said [press release] Monday she is pleased with the US Supreme Court's decision upholding the a controversial section of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF; JURIST news archive] and that she is confident future enforcement will not violate the Constitution. The decision in … [read more]

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court on Tuesday sentenced 14 former members of the Yugoslav army and paramilitaries for killing non-Serb civilians during the Serbo-Croatian War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in which around 20,000 people lost their lives. The court found [B92 report] that the prosecution had presented … [read more]

[JURIST] The Netherlands plans to appeal a judgment finding its government liable for the death of three Bosnian Muslims (Bosiniaks) during the Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive] and forcing it to compensate the men's families. The Hague Appeals Court [official website, in Dutch] last year ruled [judgment, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) [official website] on Monday urged South Sudan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to adopt a plan to prevent further inter-communal violence [press release] in Jonglei State. The report [text, PDF] was completed based on information gathered through 20 field … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down a government decree that restored broad arrest powers to Egyptian military officials. The Ministry of Justice issued the decree in June, restoring some of the power previously granted to the military through the emergency law, which expired [JURIST reports] in May after … [read more]

[JURIST] A Zambian court on Tuesday rejected the application for the de-registration of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party which had held power for the past 20 years until September of last year. Lusaka High Court Judge Jane Kabuka reasoned [Reuters report] that the application filed by the registrar … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Monday issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a new Florida law [materials] that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law is currently facing a challenge … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Tuesday urged the international community to take measures to stop torture [official statement] by numerous states against their own citizens. Commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture [official website], Ban and other UN officials addressed the need for continued … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday issued a report [text, PDF; press release] documenting refugee abuse and urging the government of China to provide basic food and shelter needs to thousands of refugees fleeing sectarian violence in neighboring Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Escalating violence between … [read more]

[JURIST] Army Col. Denise Lind on Monday ordered the prosecution in the case against Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] to submit to her a number of files that were allegedly withheld from the defense during discovery. Manning is accused of transferring more than 700,000 confidential documents and … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian appeals court on Tuesday delayed the appeal hearing for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] challenging her corruption conviction and seven-year sentence. Although Tymoshenko has previously indicated that she would discontinue all appeals in Ukrainian courts [JURIST report], she is required to … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Monday rejected a bail petition from Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedee [JURIST news archive]. Lawyers for Sayeedee asserted that he just had a surgery and needed to be placed on bail [Gulf Times report] … [read more]

[JURIST] A New York judge on Friday approved a $410 million settlement agreement [press release] between hedge fund manager Ezra Merkin and the state of New York in a lawsuit connected with the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme [JURIST news archive]. New York state brought suit against Merkin in 2009, accusing … [read more]

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