Legal news from Thursday, July 12, 2012

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday submitted a briefing [report, PDF; press release] to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women [official website] detailing the failure of the Mexican government to protect women from torture, killings, sexual violence and other ill-treatment. On July 17 the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgment] that a tariff imposed on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that allow media downloads is a violation of the technological neutrality. The court held that in passing the Copyright Act [text] the Parliament did not intend to treat online … [read more]

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Shia cleric to two years in prison on blasphemy charges. Chief Judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo of the Sampang district court announced the sentence of Tajul Muluk, whose teachings were deemed to have deviated from mainstream Islam [AFP report] resulting in "public anxiety" … [read more]

[JURIST] Soviet-produced unexploded submunitions and a bomb canister were discovered in Jabel Shahshabu, a mountainous area near Hama in Syria and posted to YouTube [media website], Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said [press release] Thursday. HRW confirmed the site of discovery by an activist who knows the YouTube poster. Syria … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Mali plans to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to investigate attacks in its northern region, including the destruction of ancient religious shrines, according to its Justice Ministry. Justice Minister Malick Coulibaly said in an interview that the government would ask the … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday urged the government of Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to allow an independent international investigation [press release] into the unrest last December that resulted in at least 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] on Wednesday rejected a motion by Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit alleging BOA's purposeful concealment of the bank's exposure to billions of dollars in loan repurchase … [read more]

[JURIST] Three UN experts on Thursday urged [press release] the Russian State Duma [official website] not to adopt a controversial bill [materials, in Russian] that will regulate the activities of non-commercial organizations (NCOs) that engage in political activity and receive foreign funding. The special rapporteurs on freedom of association, human … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian appeals court on Thursday postponed the appeal hearing for former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], making this the third postponement in the former prime minister's appeal of her seven-year prison sentence. The case was last postponed in June [JURIST report]. The hearing to … [read more]

[JURIST] Torture, beatings and ill-treatment of detainees are common practice in Tajikistan [BBC backgrounder], Amnesty International [advocacy website] said in its report [text, PDF] released on Thursday. The human rights group claimed that the country lacks measures adequately protecting detainees from abuses and ill-treatment and noted that there are more … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Estonia [official website; press release] ruled Thursday that the treaty to establish the euro area's permanent rescue fund does not offend the Estonian constitution. The court, sitting en banc, held that a restriction on the financial authority on the Riigikogu [official website], Estonia's parliament, imposed … [read more]

[JURIST] A draft Iraqi cybercrime law would violate the international standards protecting due process, freedom of speech and freedom of association, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Thursday. The Information Crimes Law, which had its first reading before the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Persian] … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday postponed the trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] due to his health problems. Thursday's trial came to an abrupt end [Reuters report] when Mladic complained that he did … [read more]

[JURIST] Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile] on Wednesday issued a statement saying he will respect the ruling of an Egyptian court suspending his decree to reconvene the parliament. Morsi said his order was not intended to challenge the authority of the court or the Supreme Council of … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] on Thursday signed the Contempt of Court Bill 2012, which would shield senior officials from contempt of court proceedings. The bill was approved by both the lower [JURIST report] and upper [AFP report] house of the national parliament on Monday and Wednesday, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] on Wednesday extended his prior injunction blocking a controversial Mississippi abortion law [HB 1390 materials] that was scheduled to go into effect July 1. The judge issued the initial temporary injunction [JURIST report] earlier … [read more]

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