Legal news from Tuesday, January 21, 2014

[JURIST] New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by Freedom Industries and entered the Elk River on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court on Monday sentenced outspoken ultraconservative Islamist leader and former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail to a year in prison for comments allegedly made at another trial. In that trial, during which he stood accused of attempting to conceal the US citizenship of his mother in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraq Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] announced on Tuesday the execution of 26 Iraqi nationals for terrorism related offenses. A statement from the Ministry website said the executions [BBC report] took place on Sunday. Human rights groups have long opposed the use of capital punishment in … [read more]

[JURIST] Thailand imposed a 60-day state of emergency [BBC report] in Bangkok and the surrounding area on Tuesday to respond to anti-government protests. The decree gives the government broad powers in handling the unrest including censoring the media, establishing curfews, banning public gatherings and detaining suspects without the need for … [read more]

[JURIST] Malawi's high court [official website] began hearing a petition on Monday by human rights group Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) [advocacy website] challenging the jail sentences of three convicted gays and seeking to overturn laws that criminalize homosexuality in the country. The three men, Amon Champyuni, Mathew … [read more]

[JURIST] A team of lawyers, doctors and professors specializing in the prosecution of war crimes and forensic evidence issued [press release] a report [text, PDF] Monday including numerous photographs alleged to be "clear evidence'"of torture and systematic killings amounting to war crimes in Syria. The report is derived from almost … [read more]

[JURIST] The French parliament on Monday began debating new far-reaching legislation that would, if passed, impact elements of gender equality, including abortion rights and wage equality. The bill for equality between women and men [text, in French] was prompted by statistics which showed that, among other things, French women earn … [read more]

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