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Legal news from Friday, September 27, 2013

[JURIST] Amnesty International UK (AI) [advcocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Lithuania to reopen its investigation into the country's involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programs after a victim came forward with new information. Redress [advocacy website] and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute filed a complaint [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Department of Treasury [official website] has determined [text, PDF] that same-sex spouses must file separate tax returns. In a one-page notice posted on the Treasury website, Michigan residents are advised that same-sex couples who file a joint federal income tax return must continue to file income tax … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN said Friday that inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to investigate seven chemical weapon attacks, including three that occurred after the August 21 incident in Damascus [JURIST report]. The investigation is set to be finished by Monday, followed by a separate visit by the Organisation for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) [official website] on Thursday released an interim report [text, PDF] on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [official websites, text, PDF]. The report details that currently the FBI [official website] is the only DOJ component to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed [press release, PDF] a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] to block the Kansas State Board of Education [official website] from implementing new science standards in education. In June, over strong objections from COPE, the Kansas Board adopted new … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday denied a request [text, PDF] by Kenyan deputy president William Ruto [ICC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to adjourn his trial [case docket] so that he may manage the aftermath of the recent Nairobi shopping mall attack. Trial proceedings … [read more]

[JURIST] The first UN ministerial meeting on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals was held [press release] Thursday during the General Assembly's annual high-level debate. Representatives from the US, France, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and the EU, along with executive directors … [read more]

[JURIST] Portugal's Constitutional Court [official website, in Portuguese] struck down an austerity measure Thursday that had given private companies greater latitude to fire employees. The changes to the labor code were adopted last year and allowed [WSJ report] for private companies to fire employees that held positions deemed redundant or … [read more]

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