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Legal News
14 Jan 2009
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Iraq has become the 186th nation to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] by acceding [OPCW press release] to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention [text], the organization announced Wednesday. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Iraq's move [press release release], saying … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2009
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] An Indonesian court Monday sentenced former legislator Al Amien Nur Nasution to eight years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $23,000 in fines in connection with bribery and blackmail charges. The court found Al Amien, former member of the House of Representatives agricultural and forestry commission, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2009
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the City of Chicago's use of mounted cameras that take pictures of motorists running red lights or making illegal turns does not violate equal protection or due process. More than … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin [official profile] has said that Ireland would likely accept detainees [Irish Examiner report] released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closed the facility. In an interview with the Irish Examiner published Monday, Martin noted … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Four criminal trials began Monday in China's Hebei province for persons accused of involvement in the country's recent melamine-tainted milk scandal. The four are generally accused [Xinhua report] in connection with the manufacture of two hundred tons of melamine-containing protein powder and adding it to raw milk before selling … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Six criminal trials in four separate courts began Friday in China's Hebei province for six people accused of involvement in the country's recent melamine-tainted milk scandal. The six cattle farmers and milk collectors are accused [Xinhua report] of making several hundred tons of melamine-containing protein powder and adding it … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Leading Zimbabwe human rights activist Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website] has been taken to the high-security Chikurubi prison [AP report] outside of Harare in violation of a court order that she be taken to a hospital, according to human rights lawyers Friday. Mukoko, who is charged with attempting to overthrow … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Friday that charges have been referred to a military commission trial [press release] against Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [Globalsecurity backgrounder]. Al-Nashiri is accused of terrorism, attempted murder, and providing material support to terrorism for … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community Tribunal [official website] on Friday ruled that 78 white Zimbabwe farmers whose land was seized by the Zimbabwe government under its farm redistribution program [JURIST report] were owed compensation and that the seizures were racially motivated, discriminatory and contrary to the treaty [DOC … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged [statement text] accountability for abuses as a prerequisite to quelling six years of fighting and restoring peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive; ICC materials]. Speaking at the opening of a Special … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Lawyers providing legal services to at least 100 Chinese children sickened by tainted milk products [BBC report] have decided to continue with a class action lawsuit against government-owned dairy farm Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., the focus of recalls following the scandal, according to Thursday media reports. Lawyers providing free … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official site, in Russian] classified northern Africa group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) [CFR backgrounder] as a terrorist organization in a ruling [press release, in Russian] Thursday, prohibiting the organization from conducting activities in Russia. The court ruled after the Russian Prosecutor General … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] Afghan President Hamad Karzai [official website; BBC profile] to put a stop to executions and join nations calling for a death penalty moratorium. The call came after five prisoners were executed over the last … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) [official website] announced [MOH news release] Tuesday that it has renewed claims and is seeking greater damages against 13 local cigarette importers in an effort to "curb the spreading of some serious health problems caused by cigarette smoking." The lawsuit, filed by … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The government of India issued a warning [statement text] Thursday on illegal land sales to foreigners in the country, especially in the state of Goa [official website]. Located in the western part of India, Goa is known for its seaside views and inexpensive housing, which attract many foreigners. The … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] A ballot measure to prohibit holders of government contracts totaling more than $100,000 from contributing to political parties or candidates appeared to win narrow approval from Colorado voters Tuesday, while a similar measure in South Dakota was easily rejected. In Colorado, Initiative 59 [text, PDF] (also called Amendment 54) … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Tuesday reasserted [ICC press release] that the ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed in the Congolese province of North and South Kivu in the wake of renewed fighting there [BBC report] and that his office … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] the transfer of one Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Somaliland. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US desire not to hold detainees any longer than … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Indonesian parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a controversial anti-pornography law [press release, in Bahasa] criminalizing all "obscene" works and "bodily movements" that could violate public morality. Proponents of the law include President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [official website; BBC profile] and his administration, who claim that the law … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] an injunction granted by a federal judge earlier this month ordering Michigan voting officials to reinstate on voter rolls the names of newly-registered voters whose voter registration cards were returned … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that defense attorney Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier could gain access to Camp 7 [Miami Herald backgrounder], a special camp for alleged al Qaeda members classified as "high-value detainees" at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Lachelier is … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Tuesday that a confession given by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to Afghan officials following his capture in 2002 was obtained using torture and is therefore inadmissible at his upcoming military commission [JURIST news archive] trial. … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive], a Chinese human rights activist convicted in April on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive], was awarded the Sakharov Prize [press release] on Thursday by the European Parliament [official website], for his fight for democracy. Hu has become … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] has denied requests by former Khmer Rouge officials Nuon Chea and Ieng Sary [decisions, PDF] to receive court-appointed medical experts who would determine whether the men are fit to stand trial to face war crimes … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] confirmed Tuesday that the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] would remain open for the duration of President George W. Bush's administration. The New York Times reported [text] earlier in the day quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying Bush … [read more]

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