Legal news from Thursday, December 5, 2013

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday released new satellite images [text, photos, PDF] and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastructure of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois General Assembly [official website] passed a bill [text, official results] on Tuesday that would reform the state's pension plan to lower future benefits for current state employees. The legislature amended the pension plan in an effort to cut spending and lower the state's debt, which currently includes … [read more]

[JURIST] US prosecutors unsealed on Thursday charges [complaint, press release] it has filed against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members for allegedly conspiring to commit health care fraud [18 USC § 1347]. The complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District … [read more]

[JURIST] A team of Dutch and Swedish researchers released a report [text, press release] on Wednesday which concluded that senior military officers in Eritrea are kidnapping Eritrean children and smuggling them into Sudan. The report, entitled "The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond," was released and presented during a hearing … [read more]

[JURIST] On Thursday the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] rejected [press release] a request by prosecutors to re-arrest nine individuals convicted of war crimes. The court ruled that since Bosnian law does not contain provisions for the re-arrest of someone already convicted of a crime, the European … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday ruled [materials, in Italian] that portions of the country's electoral law breach its constitution [text, PDF]. This decision overturns [Bloomberg report] both a measure in the law that prevents voters from choosing their parliamentary representative and one that gives … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council (UNSC) [official website] voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize deployment of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) following escalating violence in the nation's capital Bangui. Through Security Council Resolution 2127 [materials], the UNSC approved the existing International Support Mission (MISCA), a peacekeeping force created … [read more]

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Monday officially handed over its premises to the Sierra Leone government in its final act of its 11-year existence. The court was created in 2002 by the UN and Sierra Leone's government for the purpose of trying eight former … [read more]

[JURIST] Two men who served as revolutionary symbols during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder] were referred to trial on Thursday for charges of participating in an illegal protest and allegedly assaulting policemen. The first hearing for the two men, Ahmed Douma and Ahmed Maher, will be held on Sunday. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] that it transferred two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] to the government of their native Algeria. Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred to Algerian custody despite their claims that they would likely … [read more]

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