Legal news from Friday, May 3, 2013

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page; JURIST news archive] has indicted Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a Bangladesh-born UK Muslim leader, for crimes against humanity and genocide including his alleged role in the murder of top intellectuals during the country's 1971 liberation war. Mueen-Uddin is alleged to have been a … [read more]

[JURIST] Members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights [official website] ended a 10-day mission to the US on Wednesday after exploring practices, challenges and lessons relating to the country's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [text, PDF]. In a statement [press … [read more]

[JURIST] Chaudhry Zulfikar [BBC obituary], chief prosecutor in the criminal case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday. Zulfikar had been due to appear [WSJ report] at the High Court in Rawalpindi for a hearing in … [read more]

[JURIST] Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee [official website] on Thursday signed [press release] into law a bill [H 5015B, PDF] legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The bill was signed shortly after the House of Representatives approved it by a vote of 56 to 15 [vote tally] earlier that day, finally … [read more]

[JURIST] 2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report [advocacy website] released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website]. RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index [materials] to coincide with World Press Freedom Day [official website]. … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] has warned Kansas that a recently enacted law intended to block enforcement of federal gun regulations is unconstitutional, according to a letter [text, PDF] released Thursday. According to Holder, SB 102 [materials], also known as the "Second Amendment Protection Act," "directly conflicts … [read more]

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