Legal news from Wednesday, July 18, 2012

[JURIST] Hungarian authorities on Wednesday took into custody a 97-year-old Hungarian man suspected of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The man alleged to be Laszlo Csatary was arrested in Budapest after the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish human rights organization committed to … [read more]

[JURIST] Chile on Tuesday arrested and charged two retired air force colonels for their roles in the 1974 death of an air force brigadier general who was also the father of Chile's first female president. Colonels Ramon Caceres and Edgar Ceballos were charged with orchestrating the torture that apparently killed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) detained a prominent human rights lawyer on Tuesday after also arresting his son and brother-in-law, bringing to 25 the total number of Islamist dissidents detained since late March. Mohammed al-Roken, 50, who last year co-defended five Islamists stripped of citizenship by the UAE, was … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] ruled [order] Tuesday that the state's voter identification law [text, PDF] is unconstitutional, issuing a permanent injunction against the law's enforcement. Judge David Flanagan is the second Dane County judge to strike down the law, following a similar ruling … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of civil rights groups on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block [motion, PDF] a portion of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070, PDF; JURIST news archive] that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop. The US Supreme Court [official website] struck down … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti lawyer announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit against Kuwait's prime minister and other government officials [AP report] in order to pressure authorities to facilitate the release of two Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Lawyer Adel Abdulhadi is seeking the release of Faiz Mohammed … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns [official website] on Tuesday urged the US not to execute [press release] two individuals with "psychosocial disabilities" who are set to be put to death in Georgia and Texas. Warren Hill was set to be executed Wednesday in Georgia, but after … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday dismissed petitions by the American Petroleum Institute [advocacy website] that challenged recently enacted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regulations restricting the peak amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) [EPA backgrounder] from tailpipes and smokestacks … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by seven state attorneys general challenging new health care mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] that require contraception to be covered under all … [read more]

[JURIST] The Canadian Federal Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF; summary, PDF] Tuesday that the Canadian government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] was legal. Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent [official profile] announced that Canada would withdraw [JURIST report] from the Kyoto Protocol … [read more]

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Monday announced that they have formally charged ex-police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov with the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Pavlyuchenkov, who was a lieutenant colonel at the time of the murder, was arrested [JURIST report] in August and is … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] stated on Wednesday that urgent action is necessary [press release] to ensure that Romania respects the rule of law and judicial independence. The EC stated that Romania has made progress in the past few years, but that recent events [JURIST report] have called … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos [official profile] on Monday urged [official statement, PDF] all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to take measures to avoid killing civilians. She stressed that failure to take precautions to distinguish between civilians and combatants amounts to a war crime. She … [read more]

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