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Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The Sudanese government [official website] said Sunday that it is ready to formally accept [Reuters report] the peace deal [AU materials] mediated by the African Union [official website] for the war-torn region of Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Majzoub al-Khalifa, head of the government negotiating team, said that Sudan is … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Malawi [government website] Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been arrested on treason charges for allegedly plotting to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile], Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Henry Phoya said Saturday. Chilumpha was arrested late Friday evening and Phoya said he allegedly asked a prominent businessman … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The FBI issued a total of 9,254 National Security Letters (NSLs) [PDF sample text; ACLU backgrounder] in 2005 related to 3,501 US citizens and legal residents, according to a new US Department of Justice [official website] report. The NSLs allow the executive branch to gather information about individuals suspected … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The Jerusalem District Court [official backgrounder] issued a landmark decision Sunday saying that the Palestinian Authority (PA) [JURIST news archive] meets the legal requirements needed to be considered a state and that therefore Israel has no legal jurisdiction over it. The statement was made in a ruling in a … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] In 2005 sixteen Nazi war criminals were convicted for atrocities during World War II in Italy, Germany and Poland, a marked increase in convictions over the previous year, according to a new report issued by the Simon Wiesenthal Center [advocacy website]. The report praised countries that pursued the prosecutions … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Thousands of Nepalese pro-democracy protesters [JURIST news archive] marched toward Kathmandu Sunday despite an all-day curfew that was imposed on the city and surrounding areas last week. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators and several injuries were reported. Large demonstrations and clashes with police resulting in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] A US federal prosecutor said Friday that proceeding with a US trial of former Russian nuclear energy minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile, JURIST news archive] on charges of fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion for diverting to his own use as much as $9 million in US aid earmarked … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] A travel ban on Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu [BBC profile] has been extended for another year, Vanunu's lawyer said Thursday. Israel's Ministry of Justice [official website] has rejected Vanunu's appeal, saying that he could reveal more military secrets. Vanunu has said he had no more secrets to tell … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Svetlana Bakhmina [advocacy website], a lawyer for the Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive], was convicted Wednesday of tax evasion and embezzlement for her part in a scheme to strip assets worth over $300 million from a Yukos subsidiary. Bakhmina was sentenced to seven years at … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) [official website] has called for a quick return to the debate on immigration reform [JURIST news archive] when the Senate reconvenes on April 25. In a letter [text] to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website], Reid noted the large demonstrations … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Vladimir Kovacevic [ICTY case backgrounder], a Serbian commander charged with war crimes [second amended indictment] for his part in the 1991 attack [BBC report] on the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, has been declared unfit to stand trial because of mental illness by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website] Sunday urged President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to go public about their roles in disclosure of classified information in the CIA leak case [JURIST news archive]. Specter was interviewed on Fox News Sunday in the wake … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal envoy on human rights has told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Sunday that some Iraqis who have been detained by Coalition forces since the start of the war in Iraq have disappeared into what she described as a "black hole" and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The Israeli Justice Ministry [official website] said Sunday that Israel will declare Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [official profile; BBC profile] officially incapacitated on Tuesday. Sharon has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in early January. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [BBC profile], who has been filling … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu Sunday despite a Saturday-imposed curfew [JURIST report] and threats from the government to shoot violators on sight. Scuffles with police, one death, and numerous injuries were reported, as were protests in other cities. The protests are … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Members of the private Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [advocacy website] have begun a new month-long campaign [press release; recruitment audio] in US states bordering Mexico and Canada to raise public awareness of illegal immigration. Minuteman volunteers watch the borders with binoculars and are instructed to contact government Border Control … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] A controversial French labor law that has prompted strikes and mass demonstrations by students and workers across France was officially published Sunday in France's Journal officiel [official website] gazette after being signed by President Jacques Chirac [official profile]. The statute establishing the so-called First Employment Contract (CPE) [text, JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Former Liberian president and accused war criminal Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] is set to make his first appearance in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] before Justice Richard Lussick [official profile] at Freetown on Monday, where he is expected to plead not guilty to charges … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] France's Interior Minister and anticipated 2007 French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] has called for a compromise over a new youth labor law - the so-called First Employment Contract (contrat première embauche, CPE) [FAQ, in French; official backgrounder, in English; BBC Q&A] - … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] Sunday called on the Nigerian government to immediately detain former Liberian president and accused war criminal Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] so that he does not disappear before being handed over to the Liberian government to be tried for … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] More than 500,000 pro-immigration activists took to the streets in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest Congressional efforts to crack down on illegal immigration [protest website]. The protest came in anticipation of Senate debate [JURIST report] on a reform bill sponsored by Majority Leader Bill Frist scheduled to begin … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Minsk Sunday to protest what they claimed were the rigged results of the Belarus [JURIST news archive] presidential election, defying threats of a government crackdown. Current president Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], who has ruled for 12 years, is expected to win … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee [official website] says it will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website, JURIST news archive] to oil drilling [pro-drilling backgrounder]. The statement comes in response to a budget bill [text] passed last week in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague will begin proceedings at an arraignment Monday against its first defendant, Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder], founder of Congolese rebel group the Union of Patriotic Congolese [Global Security backgrounder]. Lubanga was flown to the Netherlands and received into the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2006
by Elizabeth Schultz

[JURIST] The Sudanese government has threatened to withdraw from the African Union (AU) [official website] if a proposed takeover [JURIST report] of the AU's peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] by the United Nations goes into effect. The Sudan Tribune Saturday quoted a spokesman for the Sudanese … [read more]

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