[JURIST] Here’s the international legal news we covered this week:
Turkish prisons are committing torture and disappearing citizens, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report
[press release] Thursday.
[JURST] Palestinian political parties Hamas
[Al Jazeera backgrounders] on Thursday announded
[Reuters report] a reconciliation deal in which Hamas has agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza to Fatah in Cairo.
The Supreme Court of India
[official website] ruled
[judgment, PDF] Wednesday that sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of 18 is rape regardless of the marital status of the girl.
Human Rights Watch
(HRW) [advocacy website] alleged
[report] Tuesday that Rwanda’s military routinely tortures unlawfully detained individuals through various different methods.
The US Supreme Court
[official website] on Tuesday, denied certiorari
[orders, PDF] to consider the last remaining conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, a Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee and former personal assistant to Osama bin Laden, who was tried and convicted by a military commission created after September 11, 2001.
Al Bahlul is reported to have taped recruitment videos and the wills [Reuters report] of some of the hijackers who were responsible for the September 11 attacks.
José Miguel Vivanco
[profile], director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, sent a letter
[press release] to several heads of the Colombian government Sunday, urging them to implement legislative proposals of a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.
A peace agreement [text, PDF] between the two sides was signed on November 12, 2016.
Canada reached a major settlement on Friday with indigenous victims of the so-called Sixties Scoop
[class-action website], agreeing to pay
[BBC report] C$800 million ($635m; £488m) to some 20,000 victims, $50 million of which will be used for reconciliation initiatives.
The High Court of Justice
[official website] on Thursday rejected
[judgment, PDF] a terminally ill individual’s petition for assistance to die, upholding the Suicide Act 1961
[text], which makes it illegal to assist in suicide.
Noel Conway, who suffers from terminal motor neurone disease, argued that the Suicide Act 1961 is in conflict with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act of 1998 [texts] by undermining his right to respect of private and family life through a blanket ban on assisted suicide.