Legal news from Tuesday, August 7, 2012

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] announced Tuesday that it would begin implementation of a plan to provide reparations [press release] to the victims of convicted war criminal Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials]. Funds will be collected for the court by Trust Fund for Victims [advocacy … [read more]

[JURIST] The Scottish Affairs Committee [official website] on Tuesday released a report [materials] 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. … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday signed [press release] the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 [HR 1627 materials], which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to authorizing … [read more]

[JURIST] Gisha organization [advocacy website; press release] human rights lawyer Sari Bashi [official profile] on Tuesday expressed her concern over a civil regulations amendment by the Israeli Ministry of Justice [official website]. Scheduled to take effect on September 1, Amendment No. 4 of the Civil Law Procedure Regulations will require … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [AFP report] about former president Marc Ravalomanana [BBC profile] had led their office to believe an … [read more]

[JURIST] Several international human rights groups have asked the Saudi Arabia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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" [RAPSI materials] for their performance of a protest song in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] announced [press release] Monday that it urged [application, PDF] the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to review allegations that Romania was involved in the torture and other ill-treatment of a Saudi Arabian currently facing a death penalty trial … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] 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 … [read more]

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