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Legal news from Wednesday, June 19, 2013

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill [HR 1797] that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed by a vote of 228-196 [roll call vote] mainly along party lines. The White House on Monday expressed opposition … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the families of some British soldiers who were killed or injured in Iraq can sue the British government for damages. In its ruling, the Supreme Court stated that families claiming that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Chinese-owned mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are contributing to a culture of human rights abuses, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Wednesday. AI claims that those companies should be held accountable for the longstanding, ongoing human rights abuses related to child … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday urged [press release] the Hungarian government to revoke constitutional amendments that have recently come under fire for undermining the country's constitutional justice and for threatening the independence of the country's judiciary. Pillay's call to the Hungarian government … [read more]

[JURIST] Rights groups filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] on Tuesday accused the New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website] of unlawfully targeting Muslims for surveillance. The rights group allege that the NYPD has been sending spies into mosques, student associations and other places to gather information based solely on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US government on Monday released [text, PDF] the names and nationalities of 46 men who are classified for "continued detention" at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention center, ineligible for release, transfer or prosecution. The names were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act [official website] request … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday commended the Turkish government's decision to delay government construction that was the source of widespread protests in the past month, urging authorities to work to defuse tensions [press release]. The future of Gezi Park [JURIST news archive], … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn [official website] on Tuesday signed the most restrictive fracking legislation [SB 1715] in the country into law. The bill was a joint effort between government and industry specialists and is receiving high praise [press release] from the state's environmental and manufacturing communities. It requires all … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday postponed [order, PDF; press release] the confirmation of charges hearing for Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] in order to give prosecutors more time to prepare their case. The hearing, which was scheduled to begin on September 26, … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday accused Libyan officials [text, PDF] of defying the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] by announcing that Saif al-Islam's trial would begin in … [read more]

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