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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 2 June 2018

[JURIST] Here's the international legal news we covered this week:

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that citizens of Zimbabwe living outside of the country would be ineligible to vote in the nation's upcoming July election.
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] two lawsuits brought by Kaspersky lab, a Russian-based software company whose products have been banned from US government use, seeking to overturn these bans.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] dismissed the two complaints, one for failure to state a claim, and the other for lack of standing.

In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, lawmakers in Denmark approved a bill [text, PDF, in Danish] Thursday adding a provision to the Danish criminal code that forbids a person from wearing face-concealing clothing in public mainly to include those wearing burqas.

The prohibition does not apply to the covering of the face which, the law defines, as serving a "qualifying purpose." Lawmakers explained the purpose of the law was for safety, explicitly calling out a goal of "placing a significant distance from political Islam" (translated from Danish) in committee [committee report materials, in Danish].

Amnesty International's Europe Director Gauri van Gulik opposed the addition of the law in a statement [press release]:

Whilst some specific restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion.
There is a reasonable basis to believe that Venezuelan government has committed crimes against humanity since at least 2012, according to the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website].

After releasing a 400-page report [text, PDF] from a panel of independent experts, the OAS will be turning over its findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website) to aid in an investigation of Venezuela [preliminary examination webpage] for government sanctioned crimes.

The panel uncovered information about the widespread governmental wrongdoing including supporting murder, false imprisonment, torture, sexual violence including rape, and enforced disappearance.

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] denounced [press release] the "systematic 'shoot-to-kill' policy of [Nicaragua's] President Ortega's government" in a press release on Wednesday.
The European Court of Human Rights [official website] found [video] Thursday that Lithuania and Romania had violated articles of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF] by allowing secret CIA prisons.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Tuesday that Syrian Law No.

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