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Legal news from Friday, July 20, 2012

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday stated [press release] that the violence against minority Rohingyas [BBC backgrounder] and other Muslim has increased since a state of emergency was declared [NYT report] in the western Myanmar State Rakhine. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International's Myanmar Researcher, commented that "Declaring a state … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that Senegal must promptly either put on trial or extradite to Belgium Chadian ex-president Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The court's legally binding order also noted that Senegal had failed to make serious efforts to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Friday extended the UN monitoring mission in Syria for an additional 30 days. The mandate for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) [official website], deployed as part of the peace plan of UN Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan [official profile], received … [read more]

[JURIST] The Liberian Senate [official website] on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the West African nation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor [official profile], makes same-sex marriage a second degree felony [New Dawn report] subject to a fine or a short term … [read more]

[JURIST] Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ordered the release of 572 people who had been convicted by the military. Morsi, Egypt's first elected civilian president, had formed a committee to review all the cases of prisoners who had been sentenced by military … [read more]

[JURIST] The Butts County Superior Court on Thursday denied requests to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill. Hill was convicted of two counts of murder but argues he should not be executed because he is mentally disabled [AP report]. Georgia is the only state in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) [official website] declined to lift an injunction [order, PDF] on Thursday against Samsung in its patent dispute with Apple [corporate websites] over Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing Abd al-Rahim Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] requested on Thursday that Nashiri's trial at Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] be televised. Richard Kammen, an attorney for Nashiri, declared that televising the trial would increase transparency [AFP report] of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Beijing's Chaoyang District Court on Friday rejected the appeal brought by dissident artist Ai Weiwei [BBC profile] challenging the government's imposition of 15 million yuan (USD $2.4 million) tax evasion penalty. The fine was leveled against Fake Cultural Development Ltd., the company that helps Ai, 55, produce and market … [read more]

[JURIST] US lawmakers on Tuesday expressed concern over the use of drone strikes. At a hearing [materials] in the US House Committee on Homeland Security [official website] lawmakers called on Congress and the Department of Homeland Security [official website] to address the issue of domestic drones [opening statement, PDF] and … [read more]

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