World Legal News

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee  on Wednesday called for  for the Human Rights Council (HRC) to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC)  into alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya community. “I strongly recommend the persons allegedly responsible for the violations of international human rights law and [...]

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The American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) filed a lawsuit in the US Court of International Trade  on Wednesday against the United States and US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan against steel tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump in March. The lawsuit seeks an order from the court enjoining the US from [...]

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Judge Dana Sabraw of the US District Court for the Southern District of California issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) practice of separating detained immigrant families. The court found “the extraordinary measure of a class-wide injunction warranted” since “the facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance — [...]

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth signed the European Union Withdraw Act on Tuesday, giving royal assent to withdraw the UK from the EU. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the Queen’s assent to the legislation. At the forefront, the Act repeals the European Communities Act of 1972 (ECA) , withdrawing the UK from the EU. The [...]

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The General Court of the EU held Tuesday that the privately owned website “france.com” cannot be registered as a private trademark. The court found that the “conceptual similarity” with a French trademark of the same name prohibited the domain name from being considered a valid trademark. The decision comes after the private domain owner appealed [...]

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Amnesty International (AI) called on the Libyan government on Monday to protect women human rights defenders in the country. The call comes four years after Libyan human rights lawyer and activist Salwa Bugaighis was assassinated in the country. AI has found “an escalation of gender-based violence against women who continue to fight for political inclusion,” [...]

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Addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that no atrocity crimes, including genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, are inevitable and that all can be prevented. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák stated that “Prevention can save people from experiencing the horrors of atrocity crimes. And more pragmatically, [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday rejected an appeal by Norwegian mass murderer Fjotolf Hansen, previously known as Anders Behring Breivik. Hansen was convicted of killing 77 people and wounding 42 others at a political youth camp and was sentenced to 21 years of preventive detention. In his appeal, he challenged the conditions [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda delivered a statement to the UN Security Council on Wednesday criticizing the UN for not taking action against states that did not turn suspects in to the ICC. The Security Council referred the alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan by the military [...]

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