Legal news from Tuesday, October 22, 2013

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] the Thai government and parliament to reject a proposed blanket amnesty law that would prevent all prosecutions of people involved in political unrest, including protest leaders, military personnel and other authorities responsible for crackdowns on protesters. The proposed … [read more]

[JURIST] Mark Martins [official profile], the chief war crimes prosecutor for the US military commissions at Guantanamo, said on Monday that he had participated in the decision [Miami Herald report] to bring the case of suspected terrorist Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai to the US District Court for the Southern District of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday called for the immediate release [press release] of well known Qatari poet Mohammed al Ajami, also known as Ibn al Dheeb, who received a harsh sentence for a poem believed to encourage a coup … [read more]

[JURIST] The Dutch government on Monday asked [request, PDF] the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] to order Russia to return a ship used by Greenpeace International [advocacy website] and the activists who were arrested on board the ship [activist profiles]. The ship had … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that it is not competent to examine the adequacy of an investigation by Russian authorities into the1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder], where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). … [read more]

[JURIST] Hobby Lobby [corporate website] on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] in the US Supreme Court [official website], urging the court to review its case regarding the constitutionality of the birth-control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) [text; JURIST backgrounder]. The US Department of Health … [read more]

[JURIST] An EU Parliament Committee on Tuesday approved broad legislation aimed at providing greater data protection for Internet users in the wake of the revelation of the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] PRISM [JURIST backgrounder] program. If passed, the legislation would empower Internet users to demand [AP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the US to conduct a thorough, impartial and independent investigation into allegations that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] drone strikes have resulted in recent civilian casualties in Pakistan. AI reviewed [report, PDF] more than 50 reported US drone strikes in … [read more]

[JURIST] Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit [comlaint, PDF] on Monday challenging the Tennessee laws that prohibit recognition of their marriages. The federal lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee's "Anti-Recognition" laws, which prohibit the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples lawfully entered into in other jurisdictions. The National … [read more]

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] announced [text, DOC] on Monday that his administration would drop its appeal [letter, PDF] challenging same-sex marriage in the state. Christie's appeal was the last hurdle in making same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey, but the administration withdrew its challenge, stating that … [read more]

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