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Legal News
8 May 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that local ordinances prohibiting convicted sex offenders (CSOs) from living near schools, playgrounds, and other public areas were preempted by the state's Megan's Law [text] and, therefore, invalid. The court affirmed a July 2008 decision [JURIST report] in … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] the "Keep Terrorists Out of America Act," which would require approval from a state's governor and legislature before Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees could be transferred or released into it. Under the the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Taiwan and China [JURIST news archives] on Sunday signed a landmark judicial cooperation agreement [DOC text, in Mandarin], under which each side will help to repatriate suspected criminals. The transfers of almost 40,000 criminals and suspects between the nations have been facilitated by non-governmental organizations since 1990, but the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Kuwait's Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website, in Arabic] said in a statement [text, in Arabic] Sunday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official website] has promised that the US will review the files of four Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday announced charges [press release, PDF] against an Afghan of conspiring to finance terrorist activity. Haji Juma Khan, who was already detained on charges of narco-terrorism, is accused of providing the Taliban [JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] might drop charges [case materials] of disclosing national defense secrets against former pro-Israel lobbyists Steven Rosen [Washington Post profile] and Keith Weissman, a senior official said Tuesday. Government sources told the AP that there is still some support … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] is in violation of international law for declining to prosecute Bush-era CIA agents who allegedly used torture [JURIST news archive], UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC] said in an interview [text, in German] published Friday in Austrian newspaper Der … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The government of Serbia [JURIST news archive] on Friday submitted [press release] its arguments against the legality of Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence [JURIST news archive] to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic [official profile] said the government, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] A judge in India [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday removed the defense lawyer from the trial of an accused gunman in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], citing a conflict of interest. Judge M.L. Tahiliyani said Anjali Waghmare [Sindh Today profile] could not represent … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The Taliban [JURIST news archive] have claimed responsibility for the Sunday killing of Sitara Achakzai, a women's rights advocate in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] and a member of Kandahar's provincial assembly. Achakzai, who had returned to Afghanistan to pursue women's rights after living in Germany during the Taliban's rule, … [read more]


Legal News
12 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] A "legal framework" is needed to enforce existing international laws against piracy [JURIST news archive], Adm. Thad Allen [official profile; blog], Commandant of the US Coast Guard [official website], said in an interview [transcript, with video] on ABC's "This Week" [media website] Sunday morning. Allen said the latest acts … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Human rights activists in Russia are being attacked with greater frequency, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin [official profile] said Wednesday in an interview with Vesti television [media website, in Russian]. Lukin was responding [Interfax report] to the recent beating [AI press release] of Lev Ponomarev, leader of advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday it is working with the UN to organize war crimes [JURIST news archive] prosecutions for alleged violations stemming from the country's 1971 War of Independence [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Pakistan [JURIST news archive] and is considering trial in the International Criminal … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Officials in Malaysia [JURIST news archive] on Sunday announced the release of 13 people who were detained under the country's controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) [text, PDF; HRW backgrounder], in a move called for Friday by Prime Minister Najib Razak [official website; BBC profile] in his first address to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday called on the government of Rwanda [JURIST news archive] to investigate reports of killings during and after the uprising by the Rwandan Patriotic Army to end the 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder]. In its concluding observations [text, DOC] after reviewing … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] argued Wednesday that judges in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] should release Kaing, also known as "Duch," away from his four co-defendants into a separate "safe … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet voted in a meeting [minutes] Sunday to deny Hamas [JURIST news archive] prisoners privileges not required by law, such as education, entertainment and some visitation. The move, recommended by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann [official profile; JURIST news archive], is intended to pressure Hamas [Haaretz report] into … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called Sunday for the US and Yemen [JURIST news archive] to agree on a repatriation plan that provides "meaningful legal process" for the nearly 100 Yemeni detainees still at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. A new HRW report [PDF; press release] criticized any … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] Monday ordered [order, PDF] the revision of a US government regulation [8 CFR § 245.2(a)(2)(i)(B) text] that singles out religious workers applying for permanent residency. Judge Robert Lasnik issued the order in a class action lawsuit [case materials] brought … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Lawyers for five Uighur [JURIST news archive] detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Friday moved [motion, PDF; similar motion in related case] to have Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile; JURIST news archive] held in contempt after failing to have them freed or transferred. The motions refer … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Authorities in North Korea have detained two American journalists who allegedly crossed into the country from China [JURIST news archives], official news agency KCNA [media website] confirmed Saturday. Laura Ling [professional website] and Euna Lee were reporting on North Korean refugees in China for Current TV [media website] when … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday praised [UN News Centre report; UN press briefing] the reinstatement [JURIST report] of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive]. Pillay's spokesman called the move "an important step in the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] The US Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] upheld [opinion, DOC] Tuesday a military judge's dismissal [JURIST report] of the charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani [JURIST news archive], the top-ranking US Marine to face court-martial [JURIST news archive] in the killing of 24 Iraqis [BBC backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile], empowered by his country's new constitution [PDF text, in Spanish], began redistributing land to indigenous farmers Saturday. In a ceremony on part of the land seized by the government from large owners, Morales turned over about 94,000 acres to Guarani Indians. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

[JURIST] Rights activists in Kenya [JURIST news archive] have faced threats since the release in February of a UN report [text] accusing the government of widespread extrajudicial executions, prompting some to leave the country or go into hiding [AP report], according to AP Saturday. Western Kenya activists have reportedly been … [read more]

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