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Legal News
22 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] North Korea has strongly protested a proposed UN General Assembly resolution [text] calling on North Korea to "respect fully all human rights and fundamental freedoms" and put an end to its violations of human rights. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by South Korea [JURIST report], Japan, and members of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] on Friday expressed deep concern over continued allegations that China authorities continued the routine and widespread practice of torture and ill-treatment of suspects to extract confessions. In its Observations [text] at the conclusion of its 41st Session [materials], the Committee identified three … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A closed court in military-ruled Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has sentenced three top pro-democracy leaders to 65 years in prison, relatives of the leaders told AFP Saturday. Activists Min Ko Naing [advocacy website], Ko Ko Gyu, and Ktay Kywe were all sentenced along with other members of … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A Kentucky jury Friday ordered three members of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), including "Imperial Wizard" Ron Edwards, to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages for a racially motivated attack against Jordan Gruver, a 16-year-old boy of Panamanian descent, during an alleged … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon has ruled that the US Treasury Department's freezing of the assets of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation [JURIST news archive] violated the organization's due processes rights because it failed to provide any basis for designating it a "Specially … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A court in military-ruled Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Friday sentenced two lawyers from the National League for Democracy (NLD to four month prison terms for being "disrespectful" while representing dissident students. The US Department of State condemned the prosecutions [press release], calling for the military regime … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Friday urged Japan to take steps to abolish the death penalty [BBC backgrounder], reiterating its concern that the number of crimes punished by death in Japan has not been reduced and that the number of executions has steadily increased. In concluding … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch [official profile] announced Friday that Libya has made its final deposit [briefing transcript] to a $1.5 billion fund for US terrorism victims. Under a US-Libya agreement [JURIST report] concluded in August, President George W. Bush subsequently issued an Executive Order [text] restoring … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced [press release] the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. One detainee was transferred to Tajikistan and one to Kazakhstan. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A US military judge on Friday rescheduled the trial of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] for January 26. US Army Col. Patrick Parrish granted the defense's motion for an independent psychological and psychiatric examination [Globe and Mail report], which may determine whether Khadr's prior statements … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Yemeni security officials have unlawfully and arbitrarily detained hundreds of individuals [press release] as part of its campaign against northern Yemeni rebels since 2004, according to a report [PDF text] released Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found that government security forces sometimes unlawfully arrested … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Portuguese Assembly of the Republic [official website, in Portuguese] on Friday voted overwhelmingly against two opposition proposals to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The two proposals, introduced separately by the Left Bloc and the Green Party [party websites, in Portuguese], failed to obtain any support from the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Alaskan Legislative Council [official website] on Friday released a report [PDF text] finding that Alaskan Governor and current Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin [official profile] violated the state's Executive Branch Ethics Act [PDF text] by allowing personal ill will to influence her decision to dismiss Public Safety … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Kenyan police Saturday confirmed that Ethiopian authorities have released eight suspected Kenyan terrorists, saying that the suspects have been reunited with their families. Kenyan authorities rendered the suspects to Somalia in early 2007, where they were handed over to the Ethiopian military and questioned by both US and Ethiopian … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Friday announced the referral of nine terrorism-related charges [press release] against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [BBC profile], who is accused of involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania [US DOS Backgrounder]. Ghailani, who was transferred to detention facilities … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday authorized the Office of the Prosecutor to proceed with the prosecution [press release; decision, PDF] of Congolese rebel militia leaders Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui [arrest warrants, PDF], confirming that there is sufficient evidence to … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [COE bio] released his report [PDF text] on the status of human rights [press release] in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Friday, praising ongoing efforts by the FYROM government to improve human rights, but … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] has issued a temporary stay delaying the enforcement of a district court ruling compelling the testimony [JURIST report] of former White House Counsel and US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers before the House Judiciary Committee in connection with … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Pakistani national and provincial legislators on Saturday elected Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari [CV; JURIST news archive] as president. Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], defeated two other candidates, including retired chief justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui, put forward … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] quashed a 25-year prison sentence against former Rwandan army officer Tharcisse Muvunyi [ICTR case materials] Friday, ruling that there was insufficient evidence for his conviction on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Muvunyi will face a … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Malaysian High Court Monday accepted a challenge by Malay-Roman Catholic Herald [media website] newspaper to a government ban on using the word "Allah" as a synonym for "God," rejecting the government's argument that the lawsuit by the Kuala Lumpur-based weekly was without merit. The Malaysian government imposed the … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] Sunday abandoned a proposal to legally recognize same-sex civil union ceremonies after the Australian federal government threatened to veto Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 [legislative materials; PDF text] if it passed the ACT Legislative Assembly [official websites]. ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell said … [read more]


Legal News
5 May 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Bolivians in the state of Santa Cruz [official website, in Spanish] participated in a regional referendum Sunday on greater autonomy from the Bolivian national government despite opposition from Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile], who characterized the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional. The poll was backed by … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Tuesday in Giles v. California [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 07-6053, where the Court considered whether a criminal defendant can block the testimony of the person he allegedly killed if he did not kill … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; BBC profile] rejected calls for the reinstatement of a moratorium [JURIST report] on the death penalty Monday, saying that while he prefers life sentences, he will abide by Islamic law's sanctioning of the death penalty for certain crimes, including the kidnapping and murder. … [read more]

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