Legal news from Thursday, September 6, 2012

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], Cambodia's UN-supported war crimes tribunal, announced Thursday that it would declassify more than 1,700 documents [press release, PDF] including "victims' 'confessions' and biographies, witness statements, transcripts of in camera hearings, and rogatory letters." The documents being declassified are … [read more]

[JURIST] The Fair Trade Commission of Korea (KFTC) [official website] on Thursday said that South Korean regulators are investigating an Apple complaint alleging that Samsung Electronics [corporate website] is unfairly competing in the market to the disadvantage of its competitors. The antitrust claim avers [Reuters report] that Samsung is breaching … [read more]

[JURIST] Government officials from both the US and Afghanistan have said that the American military will maintain control over foreign detainees [NYT report] at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan for the indefinite future, and will also continue holding and screening newly captured Afghans. According to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [court website] on Wednesday ordered [opinion, PDF] three proposed constitutional amendments to appear on the ballot during the November election. The court's decision outlined four proposed amendments, approving three of them for general approval by the voters. The three approved measures include a union-backed measure … [read more]

[JURIST] Canadian authorities received documents and materials about Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] from US authorities on Wednesday and will now consider whether he can be transferred into Canadian custody. A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged the Chinese government to halt the deportation of Myanmar refugees. In a letter [text, PDF] sent to the Chinese Minister of Foreign affairs, the rights group said that the return of at least 4,000 ethnic Kachin refugees from Myanmar is … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called on the government of Pakistan [press release] on Wednesday to ensure that minority Shia Muslims [Islam Awareness backgrounder] in Pakistan are protected from attacks by Sunni militant groups. HRW noted that attacks against Shia communities have increased recently and that 320 Shia … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments [Cornell LII backgrounders] to the US constitution when it seized and destroyed the abandoned property of homeless people. The plaintiffs were several … [read more]

[JURIST] During the administration of former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive], the US government tortured opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] and transferred them to Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced in a report [PDF] released Wednesday. The report, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] that requires law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest if there is a … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [official website] (ACLU) on Tuesday asked [amicus brief, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] to reconsider a case in which it decided [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] last month that police use of GPS tracking on a person's cell … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Labor Organization (ILO) [official website] announced Wednesday that the Convention on Domestic Workers (CDW) [text], which states that workers who manage families and households for a living should be guaranteed the same labor rights as all other workers, will go into effect next year [press release] following … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website], sitting en banc on Wednesday, ruled [opinion, PDF] that Minnesota's disclosure requirement law for political contributions is unconstitutional, reversing an earlier decision [JURIST report] by a three-judge panel. The law reaches nearly all associations and requires that all … [read more]

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