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Louisiana officials must grant same-sex marriage licenses, federal judge orders
Friday, July 03, 2015 2:33 PM
[JURIST] A federal judge issued a court order [order, PDF] on Thursday that all Louisiana officials must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples [JURIST news archive]. The order, issued by Judge Martin Feldman [official profile] of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website], specifically requires the state to both issue the licenses and also begin recognizing marriage rights of same-sex couples married in other states. The law officially overturns state laws that restricted marriage licenses...

Russian lawmakers vote to adopt privacy law
Friday, July 03, 2015 1:16 PM
[JURIST] Russian parliament [official website] members on Friday voted for a bill that forces online search engines to remove search results about a person at that person’s request. The new law will allow [AP report] a person to request that search engines like Yahoo! or Google remove search results for his or her name without stating which specific links they want removed. The law, approved by the Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], extends the right of removal to...

US court: Unpaid internships legal if they boost education
Friday, July 03, 2015 12:57 PM
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that unpaid internships are legal when they are tied to the intern’s education. The decision reverses [Reuters report] a lower court decision that Fox Searchlight Pictures acted illegally by not paying interns, finding that the lower court erred when it ruled that interns should be treated as employees because Fox derives some benefit from working hours. Writing for a three-judge panel, Circuit Judge...

UN: Burundi election not held fairly, human rights violations committed
Friday, July 03, 2015 12:25 PM
[JURIST] UN observers on Thursday said [press release] that the parliamentary elections held in Burundi [JURIST news archive] this week were unfair, not free and led to human rights violations. In the preliminary statement by the UN Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB) [official website], the observers said that the elections took place during a “tense political crisis” and “fundamental freedoms of participation, assembly, expression, opinion and information” suffered. It was also noted by the observers that three other organizations,...

Mexican human rights center: Military officers gave orders to kill criminals
Friday, July 03, 2015 11:05 AM
[JURIST] The Miguel Agustin Pro human rights center [official website] in Mexico on Thursday announced that there is evidence that high-ranking Mexican officers gave soldiers orders to kill criminals prior to an army mass slaying of suspected cartel members in June 2014. The military documents indicate [AP report] that the soldiers may have been following orders during the incident, where at least 12 civilians were killed. The report issued by the human rights center calls into question the government’s use...

US asks Switzerland to extradite several FIFA officials
Friday, July 03, 2015 10:09 AM
[JURIST] Swiss authorities on Thursday said that the United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA [official website] officials who were arrested on corruption charges in late May. The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) [official website] announced that formal extradition requests by the US were submitted on Wednesday. Top FIFA executives, including the seven who were arrested in Zurich, have been under investigation for a number of years by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website]....

China adopts new national security law
Friday, July 03, 2015 5:48 AM
[JURIST] China’s top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will increase overseeing of the internet in China and authorities will now take tougher measures against cyber attacks, thefts and the spread of harmful information. The law is one of [LA...

BP agrees to $18.7 billion settlement over 2010 oil spill
Friday, July 03, 2015 5:25 AM
[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion that BP had budgeted for penalties and cleanup costs, bringing the total cost [Reuters fact sheet] of the spill for BP to $53.8 billion. The settlement with the US Department...

Saudi news website reports investigation of TV Host
Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:08 PM
[JURIST] Sabq news [official website], a Saudi government linked news website, reported [Sabq report] on Thursday that King Salman ordered for an investigation and trial of a famous TV host and Muslim Brotherhood scholar. The order was reportedly motivated by an episode of Abdullah al-Modifer’s show that was critical of King Abdullah’s policies, which outlawed Islamic groups. The TV host is also claimed to be banned from continuing his show. According to Sabq, the episode at issue involved an interview...

Fiat Chrysler faces punishment for automotive recall issues
Thursday, July 02, 2015 9:54 PM
[JURIST] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] on Thursday determined [press release] that Fiat Chrysler [official website] failed to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. It is reported [AP report] that the Chief of the NHTSA will punish Fiat Chrysler for the failed recalls involving approximately 11 million vehicles. According to the transcript [text,PDF] of Thursday’s hearing, the 23 recalls involved “fuel systems that can...

Thailand arrests two on human trafficking charges
Thursday, July 02, 2015 2:58 PM
Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation [official website] announced [press release, in Thai] Wednesday that they have arrested two men accused of playing a significant role in a human trafficking ring. The two men were allegedly part of a group that kidnapped workers and sold them as slaves to fishing boat operators. They will face human trafficking and arbitrary detention charges under Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act [text, PDF]. Human trafficking remains a significant problem in Thailand and other parts of...

IAEA: Iran keeping nuclear commitments
Thursday, July 02, 2015 1:50 PM
[JURIST] Iran has been keeping its commitment as part of a preliminary nuclear deal from 2013 barring Iran from expanding nuclear programs during negotiations, according to an UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] report obtained by the the Associated Press. According to the report, Iran has converted [AP report] over four tons of enriched uranium into oxide as agreed. The converted material would be much more difficult to use in the creation of nuclear arms. US Secretary of...

US and Cuba to reopen embassies
Thursday, July 02, 2015 12:18 PM
[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced [statement, video] Wednesday that the US and Cuba will reopen embassies in each other’s capital cities, after 54 years of severed diplomatic relations. Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] will travel to Havana this summer for the opening of the new US embassy. Obama said the past isolation policy against Cuba did not work, as it isolated the US from its neighbors in this hemisphere, shut America out...

Court orders Alabama counties to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:44 AM
[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama [official website] on Wednesday issued an order [ruling, PDF] that all Alabama counties must abide by a Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. The order says that state probate judges may not discriminate against same-sex couples after the US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] that same-sex marriage is constitutional. The order affects all counties that are issuing marriage licenses, but does not affect those that have...

Amended Indiana 'religious freedom' law takes effect
Thursday, July 02, 2015 9:04 AM
[JURIST] Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [text, JURIST commentary] law took effect on Wednesday, one of many such bills to take effect today around the country. The bill, as originally written, made it legal for private businesses to refuse service to potential customers because of their sexual orientation. Many believe that this would in essence legalize discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community. After much objection, the state legislature amended [JURIST report] the bill, which now...

DOJ report: Ferguson police response made protests worse
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:10 PM
The US Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) [official website] has found that the response by the Ferguson, Missouri police department escalated riots after Michael Brown’s death last summer. The findings were in a draft report [St. Louis Dispatch report] obtained by the St. Louis Dispatch Tuesday. The report says that the officers inappropriate use of dogs, snipers, tear gas, and other tactical vehicles designed to the military ended up producing a very negative public reaction and...

Court rules NSA may temporarily resume metadata collection
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:19 PM
[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the National Security Agency(NSA) [official website] may temporarily resume its program of systematically collecting Americans’ phone data in bulk. The program lapsed on June 1 after the expiration of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF], but the program survived with the passage of the USA Freedom Act [text], signed into law by President Obama on June 2. Under the measure the NSA can no longer collect phone...

Protesters gather as Spain "gag law" goes into effect
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 11:56 AM
[JURIST] Thousands gathered across Spain on Tuesday to protest Spain’s new public security law that went into effect on Wednesday. The Citizen Security Law [text, in Spanish], labeled as a “gag law” by protesters, sets fines for burning the national flag, protesting outside of parliament buildings, and distributing photographs of police officers that could threaten their operations. The protesters gathered [El País report] in a number of cities, including Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Almeria, Granada and Valencia, and faced fines if...

State Department appoints new envoy to help close Guantanamo
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 10:35 AM
[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and current partner at a law firm. Kerry anticipates that by engaging and consulting with US agencies, Congressional committees, and international allies: Lee will lead [the...

US, Brazil, China set climate change reduction goals
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 10:04 AM
US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation’s electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged to help reduce the deforestation problem by restoring nearly 30 million acres of Amazon rain forest. China also announced its climate change goals [press release] on Tuesday, including reducing its...

France authorities charge beheading suspect with murder and terrorism
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:22 AM
[JURIST] France’s chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation of Yassin Salhi, who was arrested near the scene of the incident outside of Lyons on Friday. Investigators found that Salhi had sent two photos of him with the murdered...

France sets trial date for Uber executives
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:32 PM
[JURIST] French officials on Tuesday ordered the trial of two senior executives for Uber Technologies [official website] on allegations of maintaining an illegal taxi service. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty and Thibaud Simphal [LinkedIn profiles], general managers for Western Europe and France respectively, were detained on Monday for alleged violations of a French transportation law that bans running unlicensed taxi services. The two executives had previously said that UberPOP, a service of Uber, would continue to run in France until a court ruled...

Supreme Court to rule on union subsidies, state sovereignty
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:51 PM
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. The court will rule on Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States [docket; cert petition, PDF] and decide whether the D.C. Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court’s Holland v. Florida [opinion] decision when it ruled that the Menominee Tribe was not entitled to tolling of the statute of limitations for filing of Indian Self-Determination Act [text] claims for unpaid contract support costs under the Contract...

Supreme Court grants stay temporarily blocking Texas abortion law
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:46 PM
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted a motion to stay [order, PDF], allowing over half of Texas’ 18 abortion clinics to stay open by temporarily blocking a law [HB 2] that would place stringent requirements on clinics requiring the majority of them to close. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] earlier this month upheld [opinion, PDF] some of the strictest parts of the Texas abortion law [JURIST report], which allowed the state...

Tunisia authorities make arrests in hotel attack
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:29 PM
Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli announced Monday that authorities had arrested a group of individuals suspected to have supported a Friday attack that killed 39 at a beach resort. The Islamic State [JURIST backgrounder] has claimed responsibility for the attack and the shooter, Seifeddine Rezgui, was killed by the police. Gharsalli said he suspected an even larger network [Guardian report] of supporters enabled the attack. Many of those kille were British citizens, and the UK has sent officials to Tunisia...