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Legal News
21 Aug 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] A verdict is expected by early 2010 in the trial of former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], a spokesperson for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] confirmed to JURIST Thursday. Kaing, also known as "Duch," is … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Israeli soldiers killed 11 white flag-waving Palestinian civilians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], which left more than 1,000 civilians and combatants dead in December 2008 and January 2009, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF; press release] released Thursday. According to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Japan's first jury trial since World War II ended Thursday, with the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] convicting Katsuyoshi Fujii of murder. A mixed panel of six lay and three professional judges sentenced [Kyodo News report] the 72-year-old Fujii to 15 years in prison for killing his … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Thursday approved a controversial bill [materials, in French] that allows more businesses in Lille, Marseilles, and Paris to open on Sundays by a vote of 165-159. Under the bill, employees who work Sundays are to be paid at least twice what … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The Obama administration sent Congress draft legislation [press release and materials] Wednesday that would put the Federal Reserve [official website] in charge of regulating the largest financial firms [text, PDF]. The proposed legislation would create an eight-member Financial Services Oversight Council [text, PDF] to pinpoint risks in financial markets … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary] was kidnapped in Grozny Wednesday morning and shot to death, according to news reports. Estemirova, 50, investigated allegations of human rights violations in Chechnya for about 10 years. Estemirova's body, which had been shot multiple times, was found Wednesday afternoon [Moscow … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday delivered the names [Guardian report] of those believed responsible for the post-election violence in Kenya [JURIST report] in late 2007 and early 2008 to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in The Hague. Annan sent a sealed … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Both Hamas and Israeli forces committed war crimes [news release] during fighting in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, according to Amnesty International (AI). A report [text, PDF] issued by Amnesty Thursday alleges that Israeli attacks killed 1,400 Palestinians, including 300 children. The report says Israel is bound … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Italy’s Senate [official website, in Italian] voted 157-124 Thursday to pass a controversial law making illegal immigration a crime [materials, in Italian], punishable by a fine of between 5,000 and 10,000 euros. The law also increases from two months to six [AKI report] the amount of time law enforcement … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Billionaire financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Thursday to 21 charges of fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] but remained in prison overnight. Prosecutors opposed Stanford's release by filing a memorandum in support … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday ordered the retrial of three men acquitted [JURIST report] of involvement in the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The court vacated the acquittals [Moscow Times report] of Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously passed a resolution [S Con Res 26 text, PDF] Thursday apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and racial segregation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) [official website] introduced and sponsored the concurrent resolution, which will next be voted on by the US House of Representatives [official … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] on Thursday convicted [judgment, DOC, in Serbian] four former members of a Serbian paramilitary group [case materials, in Serbian] for the killings of 14 Kosovo Albanians in 1999, handing down sentences ranging from 15 to 20 … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The government of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] has failed for the past two decades to redress alleged human-rights violations such as torture, enforced disappearances, and extrajudicial killings, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] published Thursday. As early as 1991, the UN Working Group … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] urged the US [NYT op-ed] Wednesday to hold accountable those accused of committing torture under the Bush administration. Pillay welcomed the US as a new member of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] and lauded decisions by … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the insurance company for defense contractor CACI International’s [corporate website] has no duty to defend or indemnify CACI against claims of torture at Iraq prisons such as Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive]. CACI … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Judge Gladys Kessler of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] has released an opinion [text] to accompany last week's order [text, PDF; JURIST report] granting the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. In the … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] held [opinion, PDF] Monday that tort claims against a federally licensed gun maker and gun dealer stemming from a 1999 California shooting must be dismissed under a federal statute enacted in 2005. The court concluded that Congress intended … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi state prosecutor said Monday that he is seeking to drop two of several corruption charges pending against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [BBC profile] because they were politically motivated. State prosecutor Abdullah Abu said the two charges, as well as charges against other officials, were filed to harass … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday adopted a new standard [opinion, PDF] for authorizing and reviewing the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] proffered by the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] last month. The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary on Monday ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted [JURIST report] this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi [BBC profile] said the appeal [BBC report] by journalist Roxana Saberi [BBC profile], a dual US-Iran … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Pakistani government to reverse [press release] a recently signed ordinance [JURIST report] that imposes Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat, saying it poses a "grave threat" to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The government of China [official website] on Monday issued its first national plan [text] aimed at protecting human rights. The Information Office of the State Council [official website] published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China, which sets forth the government's human rights policy for 2009 and 2010. … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday issued rulings [press release] in four cases ordering Russia to pay a total of €282,000 to compensate six families who claimed government agents abducted their Chechen relatives between 2001 and 2003. In three of the four cases, Dokayev … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] The US Navy on Friday reassigned Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler [JURIST news archive], a military lawyer who had been in charge of defending Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials, JURIST news archive], after Kuebler filed a formal complaint against a military official overseeing the case. Kuebler had worked on the case for two … [read more]

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