Legal news from Thursday, April 10, 2014

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced Wednesday that Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials; JURIST news archive] is appealing [text] his recent conviction for war crimes. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri, an armed militia group from the Ituri region of … [read more]

[JURIST] A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission [text] and a … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday criticized a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament [official website, in Ukrainian], saying that it violates judicial independence and should be struck down. The law, On Restoring Confidence in the Judiciary, sets forth circumstances [HRW press release] under which a judge … [read more]

Turkish government reinforced their ban of YouTube [corporate website] on Thursday, despite a Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] ruling [JURIST report] last week that the ban was unlawful. The Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) [official website] said [Reuters report] in a statement that the government measures blocking the … [read more]

[JURIST] Mediators involved in the city of Detroit bankruptcy proceedings announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on over $388 million in bonds. The city will pay [AP report] 74 cents for each dollar. The deal would eliminate only a small fraction of the $18 billion owed by Detroit … [read more]

[JURIST] The Dutch government on Thursday announced plans to compensate relatives of three men killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. Each family will receive [AP report] €20,000 euros (USD $27,734) as compensation for the deaths of their relatives. The decision came seven months after the Supreme Court … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNJHRO) [official website] released a report [text, DOC] Wednesday detailing widespread sexual violence committed by government forces and rebel groups between January 2010 and December 2013 in the DRC. According to the report the UNJHRO documented … [read more]

[JURIST] Northwestern University [academic website] on Wednesday asked [text, PDF] the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) [official website] to review a recent decision that the university's football players have the right to unionize [JURIST report]. The attorneys for Northwestern stated, "[i]n this unprecedented decision, the Regional Director set out to … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday declared [press release] Egypt's continued detention of three Al Jazeera [media website] journalists charged with falsifying news and involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood [party website] "vindictive." Al Jazeera English staff Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, are accused of supplying money, … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of North Carolina [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [materials] in federal court Wednesday seeking recognition of marriage from the state of North Carolina for three married, same-sex couples. In each couple, one member has a serious medical condition, and North … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Wednesday charged Hewlett-Packard (HP) [corporate website] with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text, PDF] by making improper payments [press release] to various government officials in order to obtain or keep contracts within certain countries. The US Department … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] on Wednesday struck down provisions set forth in Law 40 [text, in Italian] that prohibited the use of donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments. The court reported [Reuters report] that the restrictions breached the country's constitution. This provision joins other portions … [read more]

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