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Legal News
12 Mar 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana released a report [text, PDF] Friday criticizing the government of Myanmar for long-standing human rights abuses and said some of those might qualify as war crimes prosecutable by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Taiwanese Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng [official profile] resigned Thursday in defense of her position against the death penalty. Though Taiwan has not executed a criminal since 2005, Wang said she would not sign [BBC report] the execution warrants of any of the 44 prisoners [Taiwan News report] still on … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] could face a third corruption trial based on new information that recently surfaced, according to Saturday reports. Berlusconi, who is already facing two separate trials on charges of corruption and bribery, is accused of embezzlement and tax fraud related … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Saturday called [transcript, in Russian] for a new age of human rights and safety in the embattled Caucasus region of Russia, where the killings of journalists and human rights activists have become increasingly common. The announcement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Kenya's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) decided Tuesday not to grant women equal marriage rights to men in the new constitution. References to civil society, religious groups, and rights of gays were also omitted [Daily Nation report] as the PSC reviewed recommendations from the Committee of Experts and decided which … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The federal trial of Aafia Siddiqui [JURIST news archive], a Pakistani woman with alleged ties to al Qaeda, began Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website]. Siddiqui is charged [complaint, PDF] with assault and the attempted murder of a US officer … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC news profile; JURIST news archive] has suffered a severe stroke while in detention, his son Ziad Aziz said Sunday. Aziz, who also suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, was taken to an American hospital for treatment and is now said to … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to death by hanging on Sunday, finding him guilty of having ordered the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. The gassing of Halabja [BBC report], which killed 5,000 Kurds, was part … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party introduced legislation [press release, in French] Tuesday to the National Assembly [official website, in French] that would ban wearing of the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public and make it punishable by 750 euros. Jean-Francois Cope [official profile, in French], leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Spanish Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaska ruled on Tuesday that Basque separatist group ETA [JURIST news archive] had tried three times to assassinate former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar in 2001 but had failed. Grande-Marlaska detailed the three assassination attempts [El Pais report, in Spanish] as part of a description … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed a health care reform bill [text, PDF] on Thursday in a 60 - 39 vote [roll call vote] that split down party lines. The legislation would expand affordable access to health care to more than 30 million Americans and overhaul the private health … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] may have to remain open until 2011 to allow an Illinois prison time to prepare for the arrival of the detainees, according to Wednesday reports [AP report]. A spokesperson for Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official website] said that the government's … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) [party website, in French] announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public. Jean-Francois Cope's announcement [Le Figaro report, in French] comes at the end of a six-month investigation by … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Credit Suisse [corporate website], Switzerland's second largest bank, agreed [DOJ press release] Wednesday to pay more than $500 million in fines to both the US government and New York state for violating US sanctions against Iran and other countries. According to a criminal information filed Wednesday, Credit Suisse violated … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors formerly charged prominent rights activist Liu Xiaobo on Saturday with inciting subversion. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter 08 [text], a petition calling for political reforms in the country. Liu … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Libya is making strides towards greater transparency and acknowledgment of human rights, but still has a long way to go, according to a report [text; press release] published Saturday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Libya: Truth and Justice Can't Wait," is a follow up … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] named [press release] a new head co-prosecutor Wednesday after the September resignation [JURIST report] of Canadian Robert Petit. UK lawyer Andrew Cayley, who will serve alongside a Cambodian prosecutor, has previously been in private practice defending alleged war … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday condemned [press release] Switzerland's ban on building minarets [JURIST report], a type of tower associated with Islamic mosques. The ban, which was approved Sunday with 57.5 percent of the vote and the majority of Swiss cantons, was … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Accused former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive], more commonly known as "Duch," unexpectedly asked to be released at the close of his trial on Friday. His request before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] was a complete departure … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Italian judges announced Friday that the corruption trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile] will resume on December 4. The trial had been temporarily halted [Corriere della Sera report, in Italian] after the court ruled against Berlusconi's claim for immunity while he is … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced five people to death for their roles in protests that took place after this summer's disputed elections [JURIST news archive], according to state media Tuesday. Another 81 people have been sentenced to prison [Al-Jazeera report] for up to 15 years. The names of those … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The China Beijing No 1 Intermediary Court ruled on Monday that US software giant Microsoft [corporate website] had infringed upon the patent rights of local Chinese company Zhongyi Electronic [corporate website]. Zhongyi Electronic provided Chinese fonts for Microsoft to use in its Windows 1995 program, and claims that Microsoft … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] A 90-year-old German man has been charged with 58 counts of murder stemming from his involvement with the Nazi party during World War II. The man, who has not been named, was a member of an SS tank regiment and allegedly shot 57 Jews [BBC report] in a ditch … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The Iranian government on Saturday announced the establishment of a new police unit to fight Internet crime, though opposition leaders say its true purpose is to crack down on protesters and voices of dissent, who rely on the Internet to get their message out. The police unit has proclaimed … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday remanded [opinion, PDF] a case involving the assets of former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos [official profile] to the district court for investigation. The court found that 30 million dollars held by Merrill Lynch for more than … [read more]

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