Legal news from Friday, July 19, 2013

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] [press release] on Thursday rejected [decision, PDF; press release] Libya's request to suspend the order to hand over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Muammar Gaddafi. It also ruled that its forum is more appropriate than the Libyan forum because … [read more]

[JURIST] Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] signed House Bill number 2 [text] on Thursday, enacting three new restrictions on the practice of abortion. These changes require physicians performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and the facility to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements, … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 1,000 victims of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile] filed for civil party status on Thursday, asking the Extraordinary African Chambers of Senegal [IJRC summary] to offcially recognize them as parties with an interest in the matter. Led by Jacqueline Moudeina [Right Livelihood profile], a human … [read more]

[JURIST] Bangladeshi prosecutors announced Thursday that they are charging the assistant secretary-general of the largest Islamist political party with six war crimes in the 1971 war of liberation. ATM Azharul Islam was required to report to the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) to answer charges of murder, genocide, abduction, torture, … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that US President Barack Obama's recess appointments of three National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] members was unconstitutional. The court concluded that the president's three January 4, 2012, appointments to the Board … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday entered into an agreement [text, PDF] with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reform the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) [official website, in Spanish]. Speaking in San Juan, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the details [press conference] of the … [read more]

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