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Legal News
2 Nov 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] New Japanese Minister of Justice Seiken Sugiura [official profile] on Tuesday had to retreat from a statement he made earlier in the day indicating that he would not sign execution orders. Sugiura initially said that he would not sign execution orders due to his opposition to the death penalty, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Lebanese authorities said Saturday that they have apprehended a man who called President Emile Lahoud shortly before the February 4 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Lebanon Public Prosecutor Saeed Meerza issued a warrant for the arrest of Mahmoud Abdel-Al based on the UN … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Sudan [JURIST news archive] said Saturday that the Sudanese government has failed to try persons responsible for war crimes in Darfur [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive]. Dr. Sima Samar [BBC profile 2003] said that organized sexual violence against women is continuing … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his co-defendants announced Saturday that they would boycott their trial unless the court was moved outside of Iraq for their own safety. The statement comes after Saadoun Sughaiyer al-Janabi, a defense lawyer accused Saddam chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar, was kidnapped … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Haiti [JURIST news archive] said Friday that the human rights situation in the Caribbean nation had become "catastrophic". Thierry Fagart, who heads a team of some 30 UN observers, cited numerous violations of basic human rights, such as arbitrary arrests, torture and summary … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Explicitly evoking images of Germany in the 1930s, senior British judges and lawyers are warning that the Blair government's efforts to put pressure on the judiciary in the interpretation of the Human Rights Act [text] while restricting traditional civil liberties in anti-terror legislation risks turning the country into a … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Fears have arisen in The Netherlands over the safety of Dutch Integration Minister Rita Verdonk [official profile] after police Friday arrested seven people suspected of planning to assassinate two other Dutch politicians named on a Islamist "hit list" pinned to the body of assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] A Russian military court in the North Caucasus region has found two Russian soldiers not guilty of murdering three civilians during operations in the war-torn region of Chechnya [Wikipedia profile]. Interior Force officers Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev were charged with killing three Chechen construction workers in January 2003 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] A US congressional panel said Tuesday that China [JURIST news archive] had made no significant progress in human rights or law reform over the past year despite announced efforts in those areas. The 2005 Annual Report [full text] of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China [official website] noted ongoing abuses … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Former French UN ambassador Jean-Bernard Merimee is expected to appear before a French judge Wednesday after having been detained by authorities investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in the UN Oil-for-Food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. Merimee was France's representative to the UN from 1991-95 and worked as … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The Iraqi government [official website] Sunday urged Iraqis to vote in the upcoming October 15 constitutional referendum [IECI fact sheet, PDF; IECIQ/A, PDF] and condemned insurgent groups for trying to reduce voter turnout. Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kuba said Sunday that a boycott would weaken Iraq and delay its … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency [official website] has criticized Australia [JURIST news archive] for its strict policy of detaining illegal immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, in comments before an Australian parliamentary inquiry. David Wright, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said that detention of asylum seekers and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The Indonesian government cannot ban Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) [BBC profile] because the government never formally acknowledged the group's existence, Vice President Yusuf Kalla said Sunday. Australia has called on Indonesia to outlaw the group [JURIST report], and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [official website] will travel … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] has ruled that the Holy See [official website] is a foreign state subject to immunity protections of the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [text], placing limitations on a lawsuit by three men who allege a cover-up by … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The Indonesian government is reviewing a decree granting automatic sentence remissions to prisoners, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said Friday. The announcement follows protests from Australia over news that cleric Abu Bakir Bashir [BBC profile], convicted for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings [CNN backgrounder], is up for another … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] has confirmed that detainees are on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] facility in Cuba. The humanitarian agency, which made a 10-day visit to the US base in late September, was allowed to visit the infirmary, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] British lawyers representing Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; advocacy website] have threatened legal action to compel the UK Home Office [official website] to grant him citizenship. Hicks applied for British citizenship [JURIST report] on the grounds that he is of British ancestry. If he Hicks is recognized … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC report] are calling for the Indonesian government to immediately execute [AFP report] those in prison for carrying out the attacks. After new coordinated bombings in two tourist areas [Reuters report] last Saturday, victims of the earlier explosions are saying that three … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official website] said Tuesday at a Paris news conference [full transcript, in French] that Turkey [JURIST news archive] would need to make deep reforms in order to conform to fundamental European cultural standards - what he called "the totality of our values, our principles" - … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] A Bosnian government [official website] panel said Tuesday that over 19,000 Bosnian Serbs, including policemen, army officials and civilians, participated in the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder]. The report is based on information gained from the Serb Republic's Interior and Defense [official websites] Ministries, army headquarters and state … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) [official website] made the first compensation payments to victims of July 7 London bombings [JURIST news archive] Tuesday. CICA has so far sent out two checks and offered interim payments totaling £400,000 ($700,000 US) to bereaved relatives and to injured survivors. According to … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2005
by Wanda Kudrycka

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] officially opened accession negotiations [EU press release, PDF] Tuesday with Turkey [JURIST archive] after member states were able to overcome a deadlock on whether to offer Turkey full membership [JURIST report]. Late Monday, Austria withdrew its opposition to full membership [BBC backgrounder] and Ankara … [read more]

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