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Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Australian government will introduce legislation to amend over 100 federal laws [press release] to remove discrimination against same-sex couples [JURIST news archive], Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland [official profile] said Wednesday. The legislation, which will be introduced during the winter sitting of parliament and is expected to be … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] voted Tuesday to restrict Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] interrogators to techniques explicitly authorized by the military, approving a measure that would effectively prevent the CIA from using waterboarding [JURIST news archive] during interrogations. The vote came during markup … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Grand National Assembly of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the country's penal code [text, in Turkish], which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant backgrounder, JURIST news archive] was released from prison Thursday after a Moscow City Court suspended his sentence. Adamov was convicted [JURIST report] on charges of fraud and abuse of office in February and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A lawyer for Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive], sentenced [JURIST report] in early April to over three years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive], said Thursday that his client has been denied an appeal. Hu's lawyer … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Martial law will be lifted in most of Thailand, new Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [BBC profile] said Thursday. Sundaravej said that while the restrictions were no longer necessary after elections in December and the passage of the controversial Internal Security Bill [JURIST report], martial law will still remain … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) [party website] Thursday accused opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website, in English] of treason. Mugabe's government has said that Tsvangirai … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in Kennedy v. Louisiana [Duke Law case backgrounder, merit briefs], 07-343, where the Supreme Court considered whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment when imposed for a crime in which the victim … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] US District Judge Joan A. Lenard Wednesday declared a second mistrial in a terrorism prosecution [JURIST report] of six men charged with conspiring [DOJ press release] to bomb the Sears Tower in Chicago and the FBI headquarters in Miami after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] must do more to ensure that those responsible for war crimes committed during the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence are brought to justice, Amnesty International [advocacy website] said Tuesday. Amnesty called on the EU [press release] to use Croatia's status as an EU … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Myanmar's 45-member Referendum Holding Commission has scheduled a planned national constitutional referendum [JURIST reports] for May 10, the military government announced Wednesday. Opposition groups like the National League for Democracy (NLD) have urged citizens to reject [JURIST report] the proposed constitution put forth by the military government, labeling the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense has assigned Navy Captain Prescott Prince [Miami Herald profile, PDF] to defend confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] before a US military commission, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. In February, the US government said it would seek the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A 2003 US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memorandum [PDF text] demonstrates that the detention of Illinois resident and Qatari native Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [Brennan Center case materials; NYT profile] "lacks legal basis" as the detention was based on now-discredited legal opinions, a lawyer for al-Marri … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Assembly of Kosovo [official website] Wednesday adopted the country's new draft constitution [text] without a vote, which was signed [press release, in Albanian; JURIST report] earlier this week by top Kosovo officials. Last week, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's constitution is in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik has prepared a constitutional package that could restore judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], the Pakistani Nation daily reported Monday. The package, which has reportedly been forwarded to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani [official … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] held its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official website; OHCHR backgrounder] Monday, reviewing the human rights record of Bahrain. Under the UPR, the 47-member Council will systematically investigate the human rights situations in all 192 UN member nations. Bahrain's review [UPR materials; … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] A High Court judge in Harare said Monday that the court has jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit seeking a court order to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results [JURIST report] of the nation's March 29 presidential elections, but refused to issue an immediate ruling … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday acquitted [judgment summary; press release] former Kosovo prime minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] of all charges. Haradinaj and his two co-defendants, KLA fighters Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Law enforcement officials from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] violated the constitutional privacy and due process rights of suspected illegal aliens by raiding their homes [CSJ backgrounder], according to a complaint [PDF text] filed in New Jersey federal court Thursday. The lawsuit alleges that immigration … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The European Union [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday certified [press release] that Kosovo's constitution [text] is in line with its international obligations, guaranteeing the individual and community rights of all its citizens. The constitution is expected to come into effect on June 15, close to the date that … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Human rights groups Tuesday filed an appeal [PDF text; press release] of a March Federal Court of Canada ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that the protections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text] do not extend to Afghan detainees captured by Canadian soldiers. Amnesty International Canada and … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] have asked the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to reverse a military Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) determination that their client is an "enemy combatant," arguing that the determination "was inconsistent with the laws … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine [official website] Tuesday issued a stay of all executions [press release] in the state until the US Supreme Court rules in Baze v. Rees (07-5439) [docket; merit briefs], a case challenging the constitutionality of using lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder] as a method of execution. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne [official profile] admitted Thursday that British soldiers had violated the human rights of several Iraqi detainees in Basra in 2003, saying that the Ministry of Defence would specifically admit to substantive breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text] … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] passed a resolution Thursday urging Sudan to address human rights violations and to prosecute perpetrators of rights abuses. The resolution, introduced by Egypt, also acknowledged that Sudan had instituted some measures to protect human rights, a concession apparently included to avoid a … [read more]

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