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Legal news from Wednesday, June 26, 2013

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday in Sekhar v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that attempting to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute "the obtaining of property from another" under the Hobbs Act [18 USC § … [read more]

[JURIST] Lebanese police forces are targeting and torturing [press release] drug users, sex workers and members of LGBT communities, according to a report [text] released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, released on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture [official website], included … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled in two landmark same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] cases Wednesday. In United States v. Windsor [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], the court ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] is unconstitutional. Under DOMA, couples … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute [official websites] on Tuesday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] that may have operated in the country from 2001-2006. In 2010 Lithuania launched an investigation into illegal detentions but closed it a … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons urged Morocco on Tuesday to adopt a victim-centered approach [press release] to combat human trafficking [JURIST news archive] in the country. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] said [UN News Centre report] "[v]ictims of trafficking are most often not being identified or being … [read more]

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced human rights activist Abdulkarim al-Khader to eight years in prison for sedition. Abdulkarim al-Khader was one of the founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) [advocacy website in Arabic], which aimed to increase awareness of civil rights in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Monday ordered Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan to be tried in absentia for the murders of 19 intellectuals and 11 crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 independence war. Khan is a US citizen, and Mueee-Uddin is a British Muslim … [read more]

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