Legal news from Friday, October 11, 2013

[JURIST] France Constitutional Council [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] France's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST feature], finding that banning the controversial natural gas extraction process is a valid means of protecting the environment. The issue was brought before the council by representatives of … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Friday that the case against former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is inadmissible before the ICC [press release] and can be heard by domestic courts in Libya. The court found that, because "Al-Senussi is … [read more]

[JURIST] A New Jersey judge on Thursday denied [order, PDF] the state's motion to stay her September 27 order [JURIST report] to begin permitting same-sex couples to enter civil marriages on October 21. On October 1 the state requested that the court stay its order [JURIST report] until the "ultimate … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday applied for a permanent stay of the proceedings [text, PDF] in his case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder], claiming that a fair trial is impossible due to the prosecution's corrupt witnesses and intermediaries. … [read more]

[JURIST] Spain's National Court [official website] accepted an appeal by two Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups to include former Chinese president Hu Jintao [BBC profile] in an investigation of alleged genocide against Tibetans. In accepting the appeal, the court ruled [BBC report] that Spain was competent to handle the case because … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] reported [text] Friday that rebel fighters in Syria committed war crimes by killing at least 190 civilians and abducting more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages that took place of August 4. The report, titled, "'You Can Still See Their Blood': Executions, … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Parliament said Thursday that EU member states' complicity with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official websites] rendition program [JURIST news archive] has led to violations of fundamental rights and must end immediately. Members of European Parliament pointed to the recent disclosures [press release] surrounding the National … [read more]

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