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Legal News
25 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday strongly criticized new attempts to impose UN sanctions on his country's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad was in Uganda meeting with President Yoweri Museveni when he made the comments. The Iranian leader said that actions being taken by the United … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Thousands gathered in cities across Spain Saturday to protest the impending trial of crusading National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges [JURIST report] he exceeded his jurisdictional authority with his investigation [JURIST report] into alleged war crimes committed during and after the Spanish Civil … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] British human rights lawyers on Monday submitted documents to a UK High Court that allege Britain allowed Afghan detainees to be tortured [press release] following their transfer to Afghanistan authorities. The documents were submitted by Public Interest Lawyers [advocacy website] on behalf of human rights and anti-war activist Maya … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The German government said Saturday that it is considering taking legal action against Goldman, Sachs & Co. [corporate website] for defrauding investors, according to a report [text, in German] by the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. The announcement comes just a day after the US Securities and Exchange Commission … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan interim government announced Sunday that it will place ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] on trial for killings that took place during the recent uprising [JURIST report] earlier this month and for abuse of power while in office. The interim government is also planning to try [VOA … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Nebraska Legislature [official website] voted 44-5 on Tuesday to approve the Abortion Pain Prevention Act [LB1103 materials; press release] prohibiting an abortion [JURIST news archive] at or past 20 weeks. The law is based on medical evidence that allegedly indicates a fetus can feel pain following that point … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi [official website] on Tuesday ordered [DOJ press release] a southern Mississippi school district to end its practice of allowing students to transfer from their assigned schools and classroom groupings, resulting in a segregated school system. The … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Sunday accused both Israel and Hamas [JURIST news archives] of failing to conduct meaningful, credible investigations into accusations of war crimes during the January 2009 Gaza conflict [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In a 62-page report [text, PDF; materials] HRW described the alleged … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Saturday called on Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] to protect all forms of human rights [speech text], including "free speech and freedom of the media." In a statement to the to the Jogorku Kenesh [official website, in Russian], the parliament of Kyrgyzstan, Ban … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law [transcript of remarks] the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act [HR 4872 materials], which represents a group of amendments to the recently approved health care legislation [JURIST news archive] and also provides changes to the administration of the federal student … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Corruption, abuse of power, and a focus on short-term security goals in Afghanistan have intensified the issue of poverty, affecting more than two-thirds of the population, according to a Tuesday report [text, DOC; press release] from the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website]. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A top Japanese judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Sunday called on more Asian governments to participate in the tribunal so its regional representation would be more balanced. Judge Kuniko Ozaki [official profile], who was elected to the ICC in January, said that both Asia and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] spoke to a reporter [Reuters report] from Reuters Sunday verifying that he is alive and is living in Wutai mountain in China's Shanxi province. Gao, who had been missing for more than a year, said he had been … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday granted [order, PDF] a temporary stay of execution for convicted murderer Henry "Hank" Skinner [advocacy website] who requested DNA testing be conducted in his case to prove his innocence. The court granted the stay just one hour prior … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Wednesday passed three resolutions [press release] critical of Israeli practices towards Syrian and Palestinian territories. The resolutions were adopted [Haaretz report] during the 13th session of the UNHRC [materials] held in Geneva. One resolution titled "The grave human rights violations … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] released reports [press release] Tuesday that said Bulgaria [report, PDF; summary, PDF] and Romania [report, PDF; summary, PDF] must do more to combat corruption and organized crime, and conduct judicial reforms in order to enjoy their full rights as members of the EU. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Tuesday sent [press release, PDF] to Congress its National Broadband Plan [materials], which seeks to enact regulations to update the communications infrastructure in the US and to make broadband service available to millions of Americans. The plan is mandated by … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Wednesday that he would not delay his plan [statement text] to set up a UN panel to investigate allegations of human rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. Ban made the statement during a press conference in response … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A group of delegates from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] concluded a meeting [press release] in Moscow Wednesday over Russian claims of war crimes committed by Georgia during the South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in August 2008. … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said [press release] Wednesday that recently announced election laws [JURIST report] in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] do not meet international standards for an inclusive political process, in particular because they do not allow pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] an emergency appeal to prevent Washington DC's same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] law from taking effect. Chief Justice John Roberts, acting as circuit justice for the DC area, denied an application [text, PDF] requesting a … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] against rival smartphone maker HTC [corporate website] alleging that several of HTC's products infringe 10 patents owned by Apple. The patents involve various areas of technology … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Interior Ministry of Spain [official website, in Spanish] said Sunday that it has taken into custody the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], along with two other people who are believed to be senior members of the group. Ibon Gogeascoechea Arronategui … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Tuesday announced the forthcoming release of the last two US missionaries out of a group of 10 who were arrested on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] following the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. Eight members of the missionary group affiliated with the Central Valley Baptist … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Tuesday that another round of formal climate talks will be held April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany to follow up on the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark [official website; JURIST report]. The … [read more]

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