A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh
advertisement
Legal news from Tuesday, October 29, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

Bangladeshi authorities should order a retrial of military personnel involved in the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny due to alleged violations of international fair trial standards, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement released Tuesday. According to the advocacy group, the suspects have been subjected to torture, including beatings and electrical shocks, and at …

[read more]
by Amy Mathieu

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday dismissed the application for interim release by former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo. The pre-trial chamber has kept Gbagbo in detention since December 2011, despite his numerous applications for release. The ICC had dismissed his prior appeals, and "where no …

[read more]
by Kimberly Bennett

The Brazilian Regional Federal Court for the First Region (TRF1) on Tuesday suspended construction on the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon rain forest on grounds that environmental commitments have not been met. The decision is summarized in a statement on the court's website, detailing Judge Antonio Souza Prudente's suspension of …

[read more]
by Cynthia Miley

Dinh Nhat Uy on Tuesday received a sentence of 15 months of house arrest from a Vietnamese court for abusing his freedom after he campaigned online via Facebook to release his brother, who was convicted and jailed in May for criticizing the government policies on land ownership, religion and sovereignty disputes with China. Dihn Nhat Uy was …

[read more]
by Kimberly Bennett

Argentina's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that clauses of an anti-monopoly law that will dismantle media conglomerate Grupo Clarin SA (GCLA) are constitutional. The court upheld Law 26.522, also known as the "Audiovisual Media Law," ruling that it was within the bounds of the constitution, forcing Clarin …

[read more]
by Bradley McAllister

Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya on Tuesday emphasized the need for transparency and equality in large-scale construction projects that alter the environment of citizens in developing nations. Human rights defenders working on behalf of native communities have reportedly faced harsh criticism and threats of violence for their …

[read more]
by Benjamin Minegar

Three Cairo Criminal Court judges presiding over the trial of 35 Muslim Brotherhood members and leaders resigned from the proceedings Tuesday without elaboration. Media outlets suggest the judges stepped down because of pressure from Egyptian authorities to hold the trial inside Tora prison, a maximum-security facility currently housing the Brotherhood members. The …

[read more]
by Benjamin Minegar

A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid treason trial. The extremist group is responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Earlier, the court convicted the 20 men of murder, …

[read more]
by Elizabeth LaForgia

The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday transferred the case files for Ayyash et al. to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah militants were indicted in 2011 on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide …

[read more]
by Elizabeth LaForgia

A federal judge on Monday ruled that provisions of the new Texas abortion law violate the US Constitution, declaring the law, which was slated to take effect on Tuesday, unenforceable. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood filed the suit to block two provisions of the law that would require …

[read more]

Latest Readers

@JURISTnews

Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.