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Legal news from Tuesday, August 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that it would begin implementation of a plan to provide reparations to the victims of convicted war criminal Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Funds will be collected for the court by Trust Fund for Victims based on reparation claims by victims, and the court …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday released a report finding that the Scottish Parliament does not have the legal right to hold a binding independence referendum on separation from the UK, expressly stating that only the Scottish people could make such a decision through a referendum. The House of Commons determined that Scotland did not present …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

US President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to authorizing the veterans benefits the new law requires that protests be …

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by Sung Un Kim

Gisha organization human rights lawyer Sari Bashi on Tuesday expressed her concern over a civil regulations amendment by the Israeli Ministry of Justice. Scheduled to take effect on September 1, Amendment No. 4 of the Civil Law Procedure Regulations will require an identification number for a person who submits a document …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Federal prosecutors filed an appeal on Monday seeking to end an injunction barring enforcement of a US law that allows authorities to detain certain suspects indefinitely if they are found to have aided al Qaeda, the Taliban or "associated forces." A judge for the US District Court Southern District of New York issued an injunction against the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

South African prosecutors told reporters on Monday that they are investigating the former president of Madagascar for possible crimes against humanity. A spokesperson for the office of the prosecutor said that recent information about former president Marc Ravalomanana had led their office to believe an investigation is necessary. A spokeswoman for Ravalomanana said that she …

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by Sung Un Kim

Several international human rights groups have asked the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Justice to allow them to observe the trials of four rights activists. In a letter sent to Saudi Justice Minister Mohammed al-Eissa, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), Front Line Defenders, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The prosecution in the trial of three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot asked the court on Tuesday to sentence each woman to three years in prison. The women are on trial facing charges of "hooliganism" for their performance of a protest song in a Russian Orthodox church. The prosecutor told the court that …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) announced Monday that it urged the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to review allegations that Romania was involved in the torture and other ill-treatment of a Saudi Arabian currently facing a death penalty trial before a US military commission at Guantanamo Bay. The application …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Monday struck down a St. Louis ordinance [Section 17.16.270, text] prohibiting conduct, including speech, that impedes pedestrians or vehicular traffic. The case was brought by a member of an organization called 9/11 Questions Meetup Group after he and two other members were arrested …

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