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Legal news from Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[JURIST] A French appeals court in Paris approved the extradition of Claude Muhayimana and Innocent Musabyimana on Wednesday, two suspects wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide [UN backgrounder]. Muhayimana, a French citizen since 2010, is accused [Expatica report] of participating in the massacre of ethnic Tutsis in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] published [press release] a study [text, PDF] on Wednesday finding that 3,278 Americans are currently serving life sentences without parole for nonviolent offenses. The study, entitled "A Living Death: Life without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses," explains the racial and gender makeup … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Tuesday emphasized Egypt's need to maintain and respect the right to freedom of assembly and peaceful protest as the country's state of emergency, put in place three months ago, is set to expire. In an official statement released Tuesday evening, the secretary-general … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday encouraged action [press release] on behalf of UN members at the upcoming 2013 Convention for Conventional Weapons (CCW) [UN website] on November 14-15, chaired by Ambassador Jean-Hughes Simon-Michel of France. The advocacy group supports France's initiative to add fully autonomous weapons … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] will file a complaint against current authorities alleging that the coup ousting him from his office was a crime. His lawyers told reporters on Wednesday that the former president is planning to file the complaint with the administrative court. … [read more]

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted three individuals charged with sinking the Bahamas-flagged oil tanker Prestige 11 years ago, finding no criminal liability. The three-judge court determined [AP report] that the ship sank due to poor maintenance and repair rather than the action of the individuals. The named defendants … [read more]

[JURIST] An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron [corporate website] to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction [RT report] from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador … [read more]

[JURIST] Texas officials on Tuesday filed a brief [text, PDF] with US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [official profile] in response to a challenge to the state's new restrictive abortion law [HB 2]. Last week, abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood [advocacy website] filed an emergency request asking the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Tuesday elected 14 countries [press release] to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday called on the Turkish government [press release, PDF] to investigate the bombing of two villages that killed 33 civilians in 1994. A unanimous court issued its preliminary judgment, finding Turkey in violation of the European Convention on Human … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hawaii Senate [official website] on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage [text, PDF] by a vote of 19-4. The Hawaii House of Representatives [official website] approved the same-sex marriage bill [JURIST report] last week after adding amendments that allow religious organizations to withhold services if the same-sex … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday sentenced Somali pirate Ahmed Muse Salad to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Salad was among the 19 men … [read more]

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