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Legal news from Tuesday, June 26, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A German court ruled Tuesday that circumcising young boys based on religious traditions is prohibited even if the parents consent to the procedure. The Cologne state court addressed the issue of whether to criminalize the circumcision of Muslim and Jewish children and reasoned that a child's right to physical integrity is …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would impose sanctions on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The bill was approved by a House committee earlier this month. If passed, the bill will bar the US State …

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by Sung Un Kim

Libyan armed forces on Tuesday signed an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 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 expected to provide information and support to the country's military …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), which suggested in its report last year that …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo on Tuesday urged the international community to focus on the human rights of trafficked individuals when criminalizing and prosecuting human trafficking. Ezeilo noted in her report that criminalization of trafficking is not the end itself, but …

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by Sung Un Kim

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that heat-trapping pollutants such as carbon dioxide are endangering the public health and welfare. The court reviewed four rules: the Endangerment Finding, the Tailpipe Rule, the Timing …

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by Sung Un Kim

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 the release of human rights defenders whom Omani authorities have …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said Monday she is pleased with the US Supreme Court's decision upholding the a controversial section of Arizona's immigration law and that she is confident future enforcement will not violate the Constitution. The decision in Arizona v. United States, while striking …

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by Sung Un Kim

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 in which around 20,000 people lost their lives. The court found that the prosecution had presented evidence proving beyond reasonable doubt that the 14 individuals were …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Netherlands plans to appeal a judgment finding its government liable for the death of three Bosnian Muslims (Bosiniaks) during the Srebrenica massacre and forcing it to compensate the men's families. The Hague Appeals Court last year ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday urged South Sudan to adopt a plan to prevent further inter-communal violence in Jonglei State. The report was completed based on information gathered through 20 field missions by UNMISS with the support of the Office of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 in May after being in effect for nearly 30 years. Human Rights Watch …

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by Sung Un Kim

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 that the application filed by the registrar of societies Clement Andeleki to suspend the entire party was …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a new Florida law that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law is currently facing a challenge from Odebrecht Construction Inc., …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged the international community to take measures to stop torture by numerous states against their own citizens. Commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Ban and other UN officials addressed the need for continued support to end inhumane practices in various places around the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday issued a report 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. Escalating violence between the Myanmar Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Army Col. Denise Lind on Monday ordered the prosecution in the case against Pfc. Bradley Manning 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 video clips to Wikileaks, the largest …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Ukrainian appeals court on Tuesday delayed the appeal hearing for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko challenging her corruption conviction and seven-year sentence. Although Tymoshenko has previously indicated that she would discontinue all appeals in Ukrainian courts, she is required to exhaust all national options before appealing to the European Court …

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by Jamie Davis

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Monday rejected a bail petition from Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedee. Lawyers for Sayeedee asserted that he just had a surgery and needed to be placed on bail in order to recover fully. The prosecutor opposed the bail …

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by Jamie Davis

A New York judge on Friday approved a $410 million settlement agreement between hedge fund manager Ezra Merkin and the state of New York in a lawsuit connected with the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. New York state brought suit against Merkin in 2009, accusing him of directing funds into Madoff's Ponzi scheme and charging …

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