Legal news from Tuesday, September 10, 2013

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya [official website] on Tuesday called on [press release] state, federal and tribal authorities in the US to ensure the well being and human rights of "Veronica," the child in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Syrian government is likely responsible for the August 21 chemical weapon attacks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. HRW stated that the attack probably involved the use of sarin nerve gas, echoing a UN report [JURIST report] of the suspected use of sarin in Syria … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenya Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty [press release] to charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly fomenting violence following the 2007 … [read more]

[JURIST] A leading Sudan opposition figure jailed in 2004 for an alleged coup attempt was released from prison on Sunday. Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis is a member of Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP), which is led by Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile]. Lebis' release is a result of the promise made … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] suggested Monday during oral arguments that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] 2011 "Open Internet" rules [FCC backgrounder] may be invalidated in whole or in part. Verizon [corporate website] has filed … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Indiana's Lake County Superior Court ruled [order, PDF] Monday that the state's right-to-work law [HB 1028, PDF] violates the Indiana Constitution [text]. The state law bans unions from receiving compensation from non-union employees to pay for bargaining costs and services. Federal law, however, requires unions to … [read more]

[JURIST] Yahoo filed suit [press release] in the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official website] on Monday demanding the right to disclose the number of user data requests made by the US government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text]. Last week Yahoo [corporate website] joined Google and … [read more]

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