Legal news from Friday, November 8, 2013
13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Thursday that New York City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [official website; text] by failing to accommodate the needs of the city's disabled residents during recent emergencies. The [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] warned [press release] Friday that continued violence between militias, rebels and government forces in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] threatens to lead the country into renewed conflict. The high commissioner expressed her apprehension caused [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling [text, PDF] that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A senior UN official on Thursday urged [UN statement] international donors to provide financial support to Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], in order to allow it to continue ongoing trials. The ECCC, a hybrid court established in 2001 [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] prosecutor in the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office filed an indictment [press release] against 15 defendants on Friday in the EULEX Mitrovica Basic Court [OSCE backgrounder, PDF]. The individuals are accused of war crimes against civilians that occurred [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Hawaiin judge on Thursday denied a request [complaint, PDF] for a temporary restraining order against lawmakers to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage. Oahu Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto said he would hear any challenges made against such legislation if passed by the legislature. The suit was brought [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's National Court [official website, in Spanish] in Madrid on Friday ordered nine imprisoned members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] released in compliance with a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruling [judgment; press release, PDF] made last [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian lawmakers voted Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 on a same-sex marriage ban in the country. The referendum will decide [AP report] whether the nation's constitution should define marriage as a "union between a woman and a man." The referendum was called after approximately 700,000 people—more [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] grants disability claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by in-service sexual trauma at significantly lower rates than it has granted claims for PTSD arising from other causes, says a report [PDF] released on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties [read more]

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[JURIST] Alleged Rwandan genocide perpetrator Emmanuel Mbarushimana on Wednesday challenged a decision by Denmark's Supreme Court to extradite him to Rwanda. Filing an application before the European Court of Human Rights [official website], Mbarushimana claims that he will be unable to receive a fair trial [AFP report] if brought before [read more]

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