Legal news from Friday, February 7, 2014

[JURIST] France's State Council [official website, in French], the country's top administrative court, ruled on Friday that Google [corporate website] must display press release] on its French page that it has been fined by the local data-protection watchdog for how they store user information. Google has stated [Reuters report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [official website], Farida Shaheed [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that she will launch a new study on how marketing and advertising affect cultural rights. Shaheed plans to focus her study on the challenges that marketing strategies present to cultural … [read more]

[JURIST] UN officials on Wednesday called for an end to female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) [UNFPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a practice that still threatens millions of girls worldwide. A statement [text] from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin [official profile], Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) [official website], called … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday that cities may not pass ordinances that conflict with the state's five-year-old medical marijuana law [text]. John Ter Beek, a resident of Wyoming, Michigan, challenged [Detroit News report] a 2010 Wyoming zoning ordinance that prohibited the use of … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Network of Congolese Human Rights NGOs on Wednesday a new Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder] law providing amnesty for acts of war committed as far back as 2006. After more than three weeks of debate, lawmakers in the DRC approved the law on Tuesday … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany's Constitutional Court [official website, in German] on Friday referred [text] the case against the European Central Bank's (ECB) [official website] bond-buying plan, called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website]. The ruling means the German court will not cut the program, which … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkey's Parliament [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation to heighten Internet restrictions, granting the country's telecommunications authority the ability to block websites or remove content without the court's approval. Amid claims that this is an act of censorship, government officials have maintained that the bill is intended to promote … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts led by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] said Thursday that both sides of the Syrian conflict are committing crimes against humanity [press release] by denying civilians basic necessities of life and humanitarian aid. The experts claimed that these … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday that the Bangladesh government needs to prevent garment factory owners [press release] from intimidating workers for organizing trade unions and to prosecute any parties responsible for attacks on labor leaders. Workers interviewed by HRW claimed that some managers mistreated those involved … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Ohio [official website] on Wednesday distributed a warning to all of the state's judges to end the policy of imprisoning people who are unable to pay court fines, a practice deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court more than 30 years ago. The bench card, … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the international standard. HRW's report … [read more]

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