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Legal news from Tuesday, October 29, 2013

[JURIST] 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) [advocacy website] in a statement [press release] released Tuesday. According to the advocacy group, the suspects have been … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [judgment, PDF] the application for interim release by former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile]. The pre-trial chamber has kept Gbagbo in detention since December 2011, despite his numerous applications for release [text, PDF]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Brazilian Regional Federal Court for the First Region (TRF1) [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday suspended [press release, in Portuguese] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [official website] to release his brother, who was convicted and jailed in May for criticizing the government policies on land ownership, … [read more]

[JURIST] Argentina's Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] ruled Tuesday that clauses of an anti-monopoly law that will dismantle media conglomerate Grupo Clarin SA (GCLA) [official website] are constitutional. The court upheld [Reuters report] Law 26.522 [text, in Spanish], also known as the "Audiovisual Media Law," ruling [AP report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya [official profile] on Tuesday emphasized the need for transparency and equality [press release] in large-scale construction projects that alter the environment of citizens in developing nations. Human rights defenders working on behalf of native communities have … [read more]

[JURIST] Three Cairo Criminal Court judges presiding over the trial of 35 Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] members and leaders resigned from the proceedings Tuesday without elaboration. Media outlets suggest [AP report] the judges stepped down because of pressure from Egyptian authorities to hold the trial inside Tora … [read more]

[JURIST] A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag [backgrounder] to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid [Cornell LII backgrounder] treason trial. The extremist group is responsible [AP report] for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in … [read more]

[JURIST] The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder] on Monday transferred [press release] the case files for Ayyash et al. [case materials] to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] militants were … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that provisions of the new Texas abortion law [HB2] 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 [advocacy websites] filed the suit [JURIST report] … [read more]

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