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Legal news from Wednesday, September 19, 2012

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 former CIA officers for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady was originally sentenced [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai [official website] on Wednesday condemned [press release] the recent violence that erupted after a US citizen released an anti-Islam film. Kiai stated that protests and rallies must be peaceful to be protected … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Wednesday granted [decision, PDF] former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case summary, PDF; JURIST news archive] 300 hours to present evidence in his defense. Karadzic had requested a total of 600 hours to present his defense, … [read more]

[JURIST] Brazil's National Truth Commission [official website, in Portuguese] announced Monday that it will limit its inquiry to human rights abuses committed by the government [press release, in Portuguese] under Brazil's military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985. There were some within the nation that hoped that the commission would also … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa pledged on Wednesday to fulfill the 158 recommendations included in the UN Universal Periodic Review [materials] regarding human rights abuses against political opposition. Al Khalifa said Bahrain would begin accepting peaceful political opposition [AP report]. It is unclear … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Tuesday lifted an injunction [order, PDF] that barred enforcement of a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] requiring law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or … [read more]

[JURIST] Legislation intended to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in Australia was overwhelmingly voted down on Wednesday. The Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 [bill, PDF], introduced to the House of Representatives by Labor MP Stephen Jones [official websites], was rejected by a vote of 42-98. The legislation failed despite 64.3 percent … [read more]

[JURIST] The independent media rights group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website], warned [press release] Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday against passing a bill [text, in Ukrainian] that would criminalize libel. The bill, which passed on its first reading this week, would establish fines and other punishments, including prison and correctional … [read more]

[JURIST] Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen [official profile] on Tuesday filed an appeal of a ruling that struck down [JURIST report] a controversial law [text] limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The appeal comes just four days after Judge Juan Colas of the Dane County Circuit … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] on Tuesday vacated [order, PDF] the decision [JURIST report] of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] upholding the state's new voter identification law [HB 943 materials] and remanded for further consideration. The Supreme Court's order, issued per curiam, suggests that it may … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples [official profile] spoke [unofficial dialogue report] Tuesday on the plight of women and girls in oft-neglected indigenous peoples' communities. In a dialogue with the leaders of several nations, James Anaya made several recommendations [UN News Centre report] to increase … [read more]

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