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Legal news from Saturday, June 15, 2013

[JURIST] The Venice Commission [official website], a European rights commission, published a report [text, PDF] on Friday criticizing Hungary's recent amendments to its constitution. While the commission praised Hungary's efforts to strengthen it's rule of law, the report cited several concerns with the new constitution. The report criticized provisions of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday passed a resolution the use of foreign fighters in the Syrian Civil War [JURIST backgrounder], responding to an influx of foreign militants on both sides of the conflict, including Lebanese Hezbollah militants supporting the Syrian government. The resolution did not … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Friday that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] overstepped its authority by issuing a rule that would have required employers to post notices informing workers of their rights under federal labor law. … [read more]

[JURIST] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Friday called on Israel [statement] to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The blockade, which restricts the flow of goods and people into the region through heavily-guarded … [read more]

[JURIST] The Wisconsin State Assembly [official website] approved a bill [SB 206] Friday that will require those women seeking abortions to review an ultrasound of the fetus before having the procedure. The technician would have to display an image of the fetus, as well as report its health status. Similar … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem [official websites] of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but were stolen and sold … [read more]

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