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Legal news from Wednesday, April 3, 2013

[JURIST] A group of US policymakers and advocates on Wednesday alleged in a new report [press release] that Sudan's government has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture near the border of South Sudan since June 2011. Titled Architects of Atrocity [text, PDF], the report was released by the … [read more]

[JURIST] French law enforcement officials on Wednesday arrested Tite Barahira, a former Rwandan leader, for conspiracy to commit genocide committed during the 1994 genocide in that country. Barahira was arrested [New Times report] pursuant to an arrest warrant issued in Rwanda, in the French city of Toulouse. Barahira was leader … [read more]

[JURIST] Two UN human rights experts were critical [press release] of the Hungarian Parliament [official website] on Wednesday for passing an amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law [text, PDF] that criminalizes homelessness. Hungary is estimated to currently have 30,000 homeless individuals. The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawmakers in Alabama passed legislation Tuesday which imposes tough restrictions on abortion clinics and practitioners within the state. The Women's Health and Safety Act [text, PDF] was passed in the Alabama Senate [official website] by a 22-10 vote [AL.com report] after having been approved [JURIST report] by the state's … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand's Constitutional Court agreed on Wednesday to hear a challenge to the process by which parliament amends the constitution. The court refused to grant an injunction [Bangkok Post report] on the existing petitions before parliament, as the senator who brought the challenge was seeking. The key provision before parliament … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday voted 23-8 [press release, in Spanish] in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill creates one law covering marriage [AP report] for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. It allows couples decide whose surname goes first when naming children; clarifies … [read more]

[JURIST] Indian President Pranab Mukherjee [official website] on Wednesday signed into law an anti-rape bill [text, PDF] providing for life terms and death sentences for offenders in addition to punishment for acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism. The bill also provides that all hospitals shall immediately provide medical assistance free of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Tuesday approved [UN press release] the first global arms treaty a week after Syria, North Korea, and Iran blocked it. The treaty, which regulates trade of conventional weapons, passed [Washington Post Report] with 154 member states voting in favor of the treaty. … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in France on Tuesday ordered Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan Army Captain, to stand trial for crimes against humanity committed during the 1994 genocide in that country. Simbikangawa was arrested [AFP report] pursuant to an international arrest warrant. He was the head of Central Intelligence under the … [read more]

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