Legal news from Monday, August 20, 2012

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday dismissed a challenge by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] that the court lacks jurisdiction to try him. Gbagbo is being charged with crimes against humanity relating to violence following the 2010 … [read more]

[JURIST] Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists filed a lawsuit against Russian authorities Monday in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. The founders of Pride House in Sochi filed the lawsuit seeking €200,000 [Interfax report] over the Russian Justice Ministry's refusal to register Pride House for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that a state law [Arizona Code section 38-201(c) [text] requiring all public officials to be proficient in English is constitutional. The defendant in the case, Alejandrina Cabrera, was a city council candidate in the largely Spanish-speaking Arizona town of San … [read more]

[JURIST] Spokespersons for the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) [official websites on Monday expressed concern [press release; statement] about a recently passed law in Australia that will reopen offshore detention centers used to process migrants and asylum-seekers … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday rejected a settlement [order, PDF] proposed by Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] in a class action lawsuit over the social networking company's "Sponsored Stories" program. The lawsuit accuses Facebook [Bloomberg report] of … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Japan announced [press release] on Saturday that it will file a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] in The Hague over an ongoing territorial dispute with South Korea concerning a group of islands. The disputed islands, known as Takeshima in Japan and … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] said Monday that the country's blasphemy laws would not be misused to persecute religious beliefs. Zardari's comments came after an 11-year-old Christian was arrested last week for allegedly desecrating pages of a religious text. Police said after the girl's arrest that she … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] acted lawfully when it approved a plan to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline. The EPA approved the introduction of a fuel … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar announced Monday that it has abolished the country's strict press censorship practices. While laws governing the content of published material will remain, the government abolished its practice of reviewing material before publication [Al Jazeera report]. A review board may still review publications after they are … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson told reporters on Sunday that the US government must allow an independent investigation of the legality of its drone strike policy. The US has received heavy criticism recently for its use of drone strikes to attack targets in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian opposition group filed a lawsuit on Monday that seeks to charge President Viktor Yanukovych [official website, in Ukrainian; JURIST news archive] with crimes against the Ukrainian people. The lawsuit was filed by Batkivshchyna [party website, in Ukrainian], the political party of ex-Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal … [read more]

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