Legal news from Friday, April 11, 2014

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the results of the Global Study on Homicide 2013 (GSH) [official websites] which detailed the global prevalence of intentional homicides, finding 437,000 homicides in 2012. The UNODC collected [UN News Centre report] a wide breadth of statistical data including identities … [read more]

[JURIST] The State Council of the Republic of Crimea [official website, partially in Russian] on Friday voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new constitution that will make Crimea part of the Russian Federation. The constitution, consisting of 10 chapters and 95 articles, defines Crimea as a legal and democratic … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [EU webpage] ruled [judgment, text] on Thursday that the Netherlands' "piracy levy" tax added to the purchase price of copying materials such as blank CDs or DVDs does not properly account for the loss to copyright holders resulting from unlawful copies of protected … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] on Friday to extend the MINURSO mandate [UN backgrounder] to include human rights monitoring for its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara . AI sent a report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] illustrating the … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge William Pauley of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] dismissed [opinion, PDF] a class action lawsuit on Thursday against American Express, Citigroup and Discover Financial Services [corporate websites] that alleged the three credit card issuers violated the Sherman Antitrust Act [text] … [read more]

[JURIST] Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced concern [press release] on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men, all members of the self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front [official website], to prison for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's [JURIST news archive] government. The government accused the men of plotting insurrection and "opposing the nation" by calling for Sen's … [read more]

[JURIST] The Turkish Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Friday struck down parts of a controversial law that increased Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's control over the judicial system. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] pushed … [read more]

[JURIST] The Beijing Supreme People's Court on Friday upheld the four-year prison sentence of legal activist Xu Zhiyong [JURIST news archive] for "gathering a crowd to disturb public order." Xu, a legal scholar, is the founder of the New Citizens' Movement [WSJ backgrounder], a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw … [read more]

[JURIST] A German court in Nuremberg on Friday rejected the appeal of bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust during a TV interview, finding him €1,800. The conviction [JURIST report] stemmed from an interview to Swedish TV channel SVT1, broadcast in January 2009, in which Williamson said … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Thursday unanimously voted to approve [press release] a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN troops, which will be known as MINUSCA, will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers and will not … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana [official website] on Thursday granted an emergency request to force Indiana to immediately recognize a same-sex marriage in a death certificate of a spouse of a couple who wed in another state. The temporary order, which … [read more]

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