Legal news from Friday, September 20, 2013

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo [official profile] called Friday on the government of Italy to increase efforts to disrupt and eliminate [press release] human trafficking [JURIST backgrounder; news archive]. In the release issued at the end of Ezeilo's official … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Friday urged [news release] governments around the world to implement stronger laws and policies that protect online privacy in the wake of increasing pervasive electronic surveillance. According to the group, outdated legal frameworks have permitted government surveillance of digital communications that grossly … [read more]

[JURIST] Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], will be tried in an Ivory Coast court on charges of crimes against humanity, according to a government statement released Friday. In a special cabinet meeting Friday the government declined [Reuters report] to … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] the government of Nepal to appoint qualified new members to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) [official website] in order to best ensure the protection of Nepali citizens. Despite notice by then-commissioners, along with an outcry from many … [read more]

[JURIST] UN officials on Thursday urged member states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child [text] and its three optional protocols at the upcoming 2013 treaty event, which will be held at its New York headquarters. The US, Somalia and South Sudan are the only three states … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday accused [press release] governmental surveillance centers of invasion of privacy and reliance on racial and religious profiling in their Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and urged [letter, PDF] the centers to adopt stricter standards of reporting. Commonly known as "fusion centers" [website], … [read more]

[JURIST] An Argentine judge on Wednesday issued warrants [text, PDF, in Spanish] for four former Spanish officials accused of human rights violations during the Francisco Franco regime [BBC backgrounder]. Under international law [text], individuals accused of human rights abuses may be investigated and tried elsewhere if the country in which … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Thursday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to review the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder] "contraception mandate." The legal question about the provision was not discussed before the court … [read more]

[JURIST] Halliburton [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] in US federal court on Thursday to charges that it had destroyed evidence in connection with its role in the BP oil spill in 2010. The company admitted that it had tampered with a protected computer [Reuters report], erasing 3D models … [read more]

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