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Legal news from Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Tuesday proposed rules [text] to bolster electronic communications as well as to [press release] "create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security." The First Vice President stated that the proposals would "complete the EU data protection framework" and it … [read more]

[JURIST] Australian citizen and former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] made a court appearance on Tuesday in Adelaide on assault charges against his partner. Hicks was accused [Australian report] of assaulting his partner in September of last year and did not take a plea at the proceedings. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Illinois House of Representatives [official website] on Monday approved a new criminal justice reform bill [SB2872] by a vote of 83-26 during the latest meeting of the General Assembly. The bill would amend the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Act [text] to establish federally funded trauma recovery services for … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a motion [complaint, PDF] Monday to stay a federal court order [order, PDF] preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in health care. The ACLU released a statement … [read more]

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and other international and local human rights groups on Tuesday asserted [press release] that the Pakistan government should investigate whether four missing anti-Taliban activists were abducted by the Taliban. HRW noted that the four men were all "vocal critics of militant religious groups and … [read more]

The European Court of Human Rights [official website] (ECHR) issued a ruling [judgment, in French] Tuesday refusing to exempt two Swiss Muslim students from compulsory mixed sex swimming lessons for religious reasons. The court explained [press release, PDF] that the students' right to manifest their religion had been interfered with … [read more]

The Supreme Court of Gambia has postponed until May the suit President Yahya Jammeh [BBC profile] filed after he was defeated by Adama Barrow in the country's general election. Chief justice Emmanuel Fagbenle said that the seven-member panel that will be overseeing the case will not all be available until … [read more]

[JURIST] Liberty [advocacy website], a UK-based advocacy group, announced [ press release] Tuesday that it had met its crowding funding goal to launch a legal challenge against recently passed surveillance legislation. Among other provisions, the Investigatory Powers Act [official website] allows the government to record the Internet history of every … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] on Tuesday in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman [SCOTUSblog backgrounder]. This case focuses on the fees charged by credit card companies to merchants whenever customers pay with a credit card. Ten states have passed laws that forbid these … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions [official profile] began his confirmation hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] for the position of attorney general in the cabinet of President-elect Donald Trump [transition website]. During the hearing, he was pressed [NYT live feed and report] by committee members as … [read more]

The Venezuelan Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday annulled Parliament's decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nicolás Maduro [BBC profile], ruling that the action went beyond Parliament's constitutional power [press release, in spanish]. The High Court reaffirmed a decision they had issued last November, in which it … [read more]

A new report [text, PDF] released Monday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [official website] shows that children in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt of the nutritional crisis, despite attempts at administering food aid. OCHA has concluded that currently there are 9.3 million people in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Treasury Department [official website] announced on Monday that five Russian officials have been sanctioned [press release] for human rights abuses. The officials include [NYT report] Aleksandr Bastrykin, who serves as both chief public investigator and close aide to President Vladimir Putin. The Treasury Department had been investigating … [read more]

The conditions on Greek Islands for asylum seekers has been labeled as "untenable" by the European Commission [official website] due to heavy snowfall in the region, said a spokesperson on Monday. The islands have seen a steady flow of refugees seeking asylum in the EU, the numbers nearing 16,000 people. … [read more]

Health and Human Services [official website] Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell warned [C-SPAN video] on Monday that a move to repeal the Affordable Care Act [text, PDF] without simultaneously implementing a replacement plan would create a dangerous situation in American healthcare. Burwell, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, did not … [read more]

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in Nelson v. Colorado [SCOTUSblog materials]. The court granted certiorari in September to decide whether Colorado's requirement that defendants must prove their innocence by clear and convincing evidence to get their money back, after reversal of conviction … [read more]

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a controversial law [document, PDF] Monday that may impact the August elections. The law enables a paper recount of votes in the event that the electronic systems fail. Though a victory for the majority Jubilee party, who claim it will add stability to the voting … [read more]

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] Monday challenging new abortion requirements. The filing challenges House Bill 2 [materials], a law requiring an ultrasound be performed before an abortion may be … [read more]

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