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Legal news from Thursday, June 28, 2012

[JURIST] Three UN Special Rapporteurs on Thursday condemned [press release] Iran for recently executing four members of the Ahwazi Arab minority. Three brothers, Abd al-Rahman Heidarian, Taha Heidarian and Jamshid Heidarian, along with Ali Sharifi, were executed [AI report, PDF] on or around June 19 in the Southwestern province of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Quebec Superior Court [official website, in French] on Wednesday rejected [judgment, in French] a request to suspend parts of an emergency law that restricts spontaneous protests until the law's constitutionality is determined later this summer. Judge Francois Rolland refused to grant the application for stay by student organizations … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled 6-3 [decision, PDF] that a law criminalizing the making of false claims of military honors violates the First Amendment [text]. In United States v. Alvarez [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the Court struck down the Stolen Valor Act (SVA) [text], which makes it … [read more]

[JURIST] An abortion clinic in Mississippi on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] challenging a new abortion regulation [HB 1390 materials] that is scheduled to go into effect on July 1. The new law requires that all … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O'Brien [official profile] said [statement, PDF] Wednesday at the 55th Annual meeting of the Russian Association of International Law that "rule of law is key to the implementation of R2P and hence, to the prevention of atrocities." The concept R2P, Responsibility to Protect, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota [official website] on Thursday upheld an injunction against most of a controversial South Dakota abortion law [HB 1217 text] but allowed one section, requiring doctors to certify that a woman has not been "coerced" into making … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Wednesday demanded Israel cease its demolition [press release] of Palestinian buildings in the West Bank [JURIST news archive] settlements. Falk reported that the demolition of Palestinian structures such as houses, animal … [read more]

[JURIST] Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza [BBC profile] on Thursday announced that the government will release prisoners in order to address the overcrowding in national prisons. At the end of May the number of prisoners was around 10,000 detained in 11 prisons that had a total capacity of only 3,500, according … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] does not violate the constitution. The case centered on the "individual mandate" provision [text] of the act, which requires every person, with some exceptions for … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Hampshire legislature on Wednesday passed a bill [HB 1679] that bans "partial-birth" abortions [JURIST backgrounder], overriding last Friday's veto by Governor John Lynch [official website]. The House of Representatives voted 240-118 and the Senate [official websites] 18-5 to override [Union leader report] the governor's veto. The bill … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment, PDF; press release] Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [official website, in Serbian; JURIST news archive] of contempt of court and sentenced him to two years in prison. Seselj had been … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday denied a motion [press release] by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] to dismiss 10 charges against him, while acquitting him on one charge of genocide for lack of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in Rome, Italy, dropped a fraud charge against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday after finding that the statute of limitations had expired. Last week Italian prosecutors had asked to sentence Berlusconi to three years and eight months [JURIST report] in … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive] was released on Wednesday after spending three weeks in prison. Rajab was arrested [JURIST report] on June 6 for posting critical comments about Bahrain's government on his social media page. Prior to this last arrest, Rajab was arrested and released … [read more]

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