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Legal news from Friday, May 31, 2013

[JURIST] The Nigerian House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill making same-sex marriage a crime punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison. Further, any person who witnesses, aids, or abets same-sex marriages; operates gay organizations; or engages in same-sex public displays of affection could be … [read more]

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday urged [resolution, PDF, in Spanish] El Salvador to allow doctors to perform medical procedures necessary to saving a 22-year-old woman's life, including an abortion, despite the country's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] decision Wednesday denying … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday imposed a July 31 election deadline and ordered President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to announce a date soon. The ruling came in response to a case filed by a citizen in an attempt to get Mugabe to announce election dates. Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU-AZ) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] seeking to permanently enjoin a state law [HB 2443, PDF] that penalizes doctors, not patients, who perform abortions when the patient's … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted [press release; judgment summary, PDF] two former Serbian secret police officials Thursday for their involvement in war crimes during the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. The court found that the prosecution failed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt … [read more]

[JURIST] The Connecticut Senate [official website] approved legislation [HB 6495] Thursday that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of documentation status. If signed by Governor Dannel Malloy [official website], the bill would allow those immigrants without proper documents from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office [official … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo [official profile] on Thursday urged [press release] the government of Bangladesh [official website] to address the prevalent acts of violence against women occurring in the country. Manjoo noted that while the most pervasive form of violence against women in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda [official profile] said Thursday that Kenya must prove its ability to handle the case of President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] before the ICC will drop the case. Kenyatta and his deputy president William Ruto … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul urged [press release] world governments Thursday to guarantee the right to legal aid at the highest level possible and to consider enacting specific legislation to establish a comprehensive legal aid system that is accessible, effective, sustainable … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Court of Appeals [official website] for the Fourth District ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Wisconsin Act 23 [text], a law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, is constitutional. The ruling reverses Dane County Circuit [official website] Judge Richard Niess's March 2012 decision, which held … [read more]

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