Legal news from Tuesday, February 12, 2013

[JURIST] The Michigan State AFL-CIO (MIAFLCIO), the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council [advocacy website] and other labor groups filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Monday challenging the state's new "right-to-work" laws, which bar unions from forcing … [read more]

[JURIST] France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly [official website, in French], approved a bill [text, in French] on Tuesday which extends marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was approved [CNN report] by a vote of 329 in favor to 229 against, with 10 abstaining, and … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladesh's cabinet on Monday approved changes to war crime laws to allow plaintiffs to appeal verdicts delivered by Bangladesh's crimes tribunal. The amendment permits [bdnews24 report] appeals against "inadequate sentence" in war crimes cases. According to Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain, there is currently no provision [ANN report] for plaintiffs … [read more]

[JURIST] Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday called for the immediate release [press release] of two key opposition leaders and their family members in Iran. Former presidential candidates Mehdi Karoubi and Mir Hossein Mossavi have been confined to their homes since February 2011 after staging a rally in … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Monday refused to reconsider an August ruling [judgment, in French] that Italy's ban on screening embryos for diseases before they are implanted in a womb violates parents' rights. The court found that this provision of Law 40 [text, in … [read more]

[JURIST] A Milan appeals court on Tuesday sentenced Niccolo Pollari, the former Italian spy chief, to 10 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of a terror suspect as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] (CIA) extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] program. Egyptian cleric and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday overturned [order, PDF] a state law last that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] clinics because the organization also performs abortions. The law [HB 2800, PDF] was passed [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta [official profile] on Monday signed a memorandum [text, press release] extending government benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel that were previously available only to spouses. Some of the benefits now extended to same-sex partners include access to commissaries, family counseling, child care, … [read more]

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