Legal news from Wednesday, July 17, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a motion by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees to end forced feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. The petitioners maintained that the practice was cruel and that it would interfere with their … [read more]

[JURIST] Same-sex marriage will be legal in England and Wales after legislation received final approval from Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday. The House of Commons [official website] gave final approval of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill [HC Bill 3] on Tuesday. The original legislation was introduced in January [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors for the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [Facebook page] on Wednesday sentenced the secretary-general of the Jamaat-e-Islami Party (JI) [party website; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] to death for the kidnapping and killing of people during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [Bangladesh News backgrounder]. Ali Ahsan Mojaheed was found guilty of … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [official website] has ruled in favor of a transgender woman who endured physical and verbal harassment during her employment as a federal contractor in Maryland. The woman, who has not been publicly identified [Advocate report], filed a complaint last year under Title … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday urged [decision, PDF] Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide [warrant PDF] allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict[BBC backgrounder]. Al-Bashir is currently … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar [official website], Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Tuesday commended [text] the Myanmar government for disbanding the Nasaka [Reuters backgrounder], a border patrol force that had been operating in Rakhine state [Economist backgrounder]. The Nasaka have been accused of numerous … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a new trial for former chief executive officer of HealthSouth [corporate website] Richard Scrushy [personal website]. The decision upheld Scrushy's 2006 conviction of exchanging $500,000 with former Alabama governor Don Siegelman [personal profile; … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire [official website] sentenced Beatrice Munyenyezi to 10 years in prison for her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Judge Steven McAuliffe imposed the maximum sentence [AP report] for her crimes. Munyenyezi was convicted in February of … [read more]

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