Legal news from Sunday, December 1, 2013
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy group] on Sunday urged [news release] the prosecutor's office [official website] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to expedite inquiry into international crimes committed in Afghanistan [BBC profile]. In November the ICC released the Report on Preliminary Examination Activities [text, [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Croatian voters passed a referendum on Sunday proposing to ban same-sex marriages by defining marriage in Croatia's constitution [text] as a union between a man and a woman. The referendum came [BBC report] as a result of a petition circulated by a Catholic group which garnered over 700,000 signatures. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian demonstrators gathered in the streets of Kiev Saturday to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's [official website; BBC profile] decision to abandon the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [EU backgrounder], a planned trade pact with the EU. According to media reports the Berkut riot police responded to the demonstration with force to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Sunday announced plans to investigate Dai Chunning, deputy general manager of the state-owned China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) [official website]. According to media sources the investigation stems from Chunning's alleged connection with an undisclosed "serious discipline violation" [South China Morning [read more]

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