Legal news from Tuesday, November 20, 2012
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] Tuesday for the civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] who are caught in continued fighting between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson from the FBI (FBI) [official website] announced Monday that four Southern California men were charged [complaint, PDF; press release] with terrorism-related offenses and plotting to join al Qaeda. The criminal charges were brought in the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] for [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Kosovo Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a retrial [press release] against Kosovo politician and parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive] and three other co-defendants on charges of war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Limaj allegedly ordered the torture [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Children participating in protests during the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder] have been subject to police detention and torture, according to a recent finding [press release] released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Tuesday. The findings were based on numerous interviews of detained children, their families and lawyers. HRW [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday pressured [press release] Israel to avoid strikes on civilian structures in Gaza [JURIST news archive]. Pillay expressed acute concern over the surge in the number of Palestinian civilians killed and injured over the past 48 hours as [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered police to drop blasphemy charges against a 14-year-old girl, which had sparked international concern over the use of the country's controversial law. The girl was charged [Bloomberg report] under Pakistan's blasphemy law for allegedly burning pages for a Koran. She was released on [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Croatian court sentenced former prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive] to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for corruption and war profiteering. Judge Ivan Turudic found Sanader guilty [AFP report] beyond a reasonable doubt and also ordered the former PM to pay a fine of €611,000 to [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's new NGO law [materials, in Russian] went into effect on Tuesday, and activists have vowed to challenge it. The law requires Russian NGOs financed from abroad and involved in political activity to be registered as foreign agents [RAPSI report]. Some activists are already in the process of appealing [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] on Monday stressed the need to address the causes of maritime piracy [statement] with a "multi-dimensional approach" [press release]. Addressing the UN Security Council, Eliasson noted three areas of concern that warrant immediate action: 1) better coordination, information-sharing and trust-building among countries [read more]

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