Legal news from Monday, February 10, 2014

[JURIST] Four legally married same-sex couples on Monday filed a civil right lawsuit with the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website], seeking a court order to force the state of Ohio to recognize both spouses' names on birth certificates. Three of the couples are legally … [read more]

[JURIST] Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) [party website, in Bengali] leader AKM Yusuf [official website, in Bengali], died at age 87 on Sunday of cardiac arrest. Bangladeshi authorities arrested [JURIST report] Yusuf in May on 13 charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Yusuf … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Saturday issued the 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict [text, PDF], which found a total of 8,615 civilian casualties in 2013, a 14 percent increase since 2012. According to the report, 74 percent of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Spanish Judge Ismael Moreno issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese officials Monday, including retired president Jiang Zemin and former prime minister Li Peng [Britannica profiles] as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged genocide by China against Tibet. Though the warrants were originally issued [JURIST report] last … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] on Monday alleged that Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda [BBC profile] was instrumental in organizing and ordering militias of "child soldiers" to attack civilians. Ntaganda is accused of 10 counts of war crimes and crimes … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday issued an order [text] denying a request by Samsung for a retrial in its patent dispute with Apple, meaning that the award of $290 million in damages will stand. In the … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) [advocacy website] on Monday released a report [official report, PDF; press release] urging the Egyptian government to promote the independence of the judiciary and to end selective prosecution. In June IBAHRI carried out a fact-finding mission in Egypt, where it conducted … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced Friday that her office will open a preliminary investigation [press release] into the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), stating that the increase in violence has created a "new situation" than that referred to her office in … [read more]

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