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Legal News
7 May 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Iranian lawmakers have sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile; BBC profile] threatening to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text], which it signed in 1968, if "the U.N. Secretary General and other members of the U.N. Security Council fail in their crucial responsibility to … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Khaled Abu Arafa, the minister of Jerusalem affairs in the new Hamas-led Palestinian government [cabinet listing], was detained Thursday by Israeli police as he attempted to meet his predecessor, Ziad Abu Zayyad, for administrative purposes. Reports indicate Abu Arafa may have been taken into custody for attempting to open … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] is conducting a criminal investigation into management by British Petroleum [corporate website] of oil pipelines in Alaska, according to a report [registration required] in Thursday's Wall Street Journal. A corroded pipeline owned by the company spilled an estimated 134,000 to 267,000 gallons of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors on Friday charged General Wojciech Jaruzelski [BBC profile] with "organizing crimes of a military nature" and "carrying out crimes that consisted of the deprivation of freedom through internment" for his imposition of martial law [Polish government backgrounder] in Poland on December 13, 1981. The charges, which prosecutors … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] The Alabama House of Representatives [official website] has unanimously passed a bill that would pardon Rosa Parks [TIME profile] and others arrested for violating segregation-era laws. Under the proposal, arrest records of those pardoned would not be removed from the public record, but instead would be sent to the … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A new investigatory report by the Associated Press [media website] shows an increasing trend among state legislatures to restrict access to information that was public before the 9/11 attacks. Security concerns were found to be the main driving force for state action, but concerns about identity theft, medical privacy … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A senior US State Department official has indicated that US officials are talking with their British counterparts about how to eventually close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. US State Deputy Assistant Secretary Colleen Graffy [official profile] told the BBC Sunday that "continuous discussion" was going … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] US Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) [official profile], chairman of the national security subcommittee [official website] of the House Government Reform Committee, said Tuesday that changes in whistleblower laws are needed to provide better protection for whistleblowers in the national security area. The remarks made during a subcommittee hearing [press … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch has accused Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [BBC profile] of "playing dirty tricks" to intimidate voters in the upcoming elections on Feb. 23. Principal opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] is facing criminal charges in civil and military courts for treason, rape and terrorism. In a … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] Thursday released [letter to Senate Majority Leader, PDF] a 42-page white paper [text, PDF] laying out a legal basis for the domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] run by the National Security Agency [official website]. The paper argues that the NSA activities are … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Thursday there is no immediate plan to release six of eight women detained by US forces in Iraq. His comment and similar ones from US military spokesmen follow statements by Iraq's Justice Ministry [Global Security backgrounder] earlier in the day that the women … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Nigeria’s government has announced plans [official press release] to ban same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] and any protests urging same-sex unions. Government officials have said the legislation is a preemptive step in light of other nations legalizing same-sex unions around the world. President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] has been … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A study commissioned by the Canadian Justice Department [official website] and obtained by Canadian Press has urged the Canadian federal government to legalize polygamy to help protect women and children in those relationships. Section 293 of the Canadian Criminal Code [text] currently bans polygamy, although a few Canadian provinces … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] US military prosecutors have dropped murder charges against Chief Warrant Officer Jefferson Williams in connection with the 2003 suffocation [JURIST report] of Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush. In a plea deal with prosecutors Williams, one of three soldiers originally charged [JURIST report], agreed to testify against fellow accused … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Singapore's national association of lawyers, the Law Society [website], is to conduct a review of the nation's death penalty laws and make recommendations to the national government in nine months. Singapore has one of the world's highest per capita execution rates - possibly the highest [Amnesty International backgrounder] - … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2006
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] US District Judge Sim Lake ruled Thursday that prosecutors in the trials of Enron [JURIST news archive] founder Kenneth Lay [Chronicle profile] and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling [Chronicle profile] cannot use recorded audio tapes [JURIST report] of Enron employees discussing strategies to manipulate electricity prices because of their inflammatory … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Colombian prosecutors plan to file charges against former justice minister Alberto Santofimio Botero [BBC report] in connection with the 1989 assassination of Liberal party presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan [Wikipedia profile], the attorney general's office announced Wednesday. Santofimio will face homicide and conspiracy charges for Galan's assassination, which took … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A lawyer for Tariq Aziz [BBC profile], Iraq's deputy prime minister during Saddam Hussein's regime, said Wednesday that US troops are protecting "high-value" former Iraqi officials released from custody [JURIST report] earlier this week. Badee Izzat Aref said that 25 officials, including Dr. Rihab Taha al-Azawi [BBC profile] know … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Afghan journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of the magazine Hoqooq-i-Zan, (translated as Women's Rights) who was convicted of blasphemy for publishing anti-Islamic articles, has been freed from jail [Reporters without Borders press release], a senior Afghan judge said Thursday. Nasab was arrested [CPJ report] in October for reprinting … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Russia's Duma [official website], the lower house of parliament, approved on Wednesday a much-criticized bill restricting NGO activity by 376-10 on its second reading. The bill would create a government agency [JURIST report] with broad power to monitor and regulate NGOs though original provisions that would have subjected local … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has said that Poland housed the main CIA secret detention facility [JURIST report] in Europe, with approximately 100 detainees. The accusations, published in the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza [media website in Polish], are based on information gathered from CIA sources and other documents … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley [official profile] said Thursday that the city has fired 60 police officers and suspended 25 more for failing to show up for duty during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Riley, who was sworn into office on Nov. 28, stated that cleaning the police … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] A New York appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed a same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in New York City. Earlier this year, New York City Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan had ruled [PDF opinion; JURIST report] in favor of five gay couples complaining … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that he has started a formal inquiry into the Justice Department's handling of the Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] case. Padilla, a US citizen, had been held without charge for over three years as … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2005
by Nishat Hasan

[JURIST] On a state visit to China during a six-day Asia tour [White House backgrounder], President Bush Sunday pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao [official profile; Wikipedia profile] to expand religious, political and social freedoms in the country and later suggested to reporters [White House text] that if more religious rights … [read more]

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