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Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Political arrests in China [JURIST news archive] more than doubled in 2006 compared to the previous year, according to a report [press release] Wednesday from human rights group Dui Hua [advocacy website]. The 2007 Chinese Law Yearbook revealed that the state arrested 604 individuals for "endangering state security" in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] An Egyptian court sentenced three police officers to seven years in prison late Tuesday for torturing 38-year-old carpenter Nasr Abdullah to death in July. The sentencing is part of the country's recent crackdown on police brutality. Earlier this month, two police officers were sentenced to three years in prison … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Russian officials said Wednesday that leaders in the country want to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) [text] with a formal, binding agreement with the US that will limit the creation of new nuclear weapons. The treaty, which signaled the end of the Cold War [BBC backgrounder], … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The Colorado Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday approved [PDF text] the language of an anti-abortion group's proposed ballot initiative [PDF text] that would amend the Colorado constitution to define a fertilized egg as a "person" entitled to "inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law" under … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] An FBI investigation [JURIST report] has concluded that private security personnel in Iraq shot and killed 14 Iraqi civilians without justification during a September 16 incident [JURIST report] in Baghdad, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The investigators found that many as five Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Tuesday against the dismissal [PDF text; JURIST report] of immigration fraud charges against anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials]. US District Judge Kathleen Cardone ruled in May … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion [order, PDF; press release] Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit against CACI International [corporate website], an American military contractor being sued over its alleged involvement in the torture of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Three political leaders in Spain's Basque region, including the president of the region, were ordered to stand trial [PDF text] Tuesday for meeting publicly with members of the Batasuna party [BBC profile] to negotiate an ETA [BBC backgrounder] ceasefire. The Batasuna party is alleged to be a front for … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The UK Law Lords ruled Wednesday that the government can continue to impose control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on terror suspects in lieu of detention, but said that some elements of the orders issued under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 [UK Home Office materials] violate human … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] defended the CIA's interrogation tactics Tuesday in the wake of the refusal [JURIST report] of US Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey [WH profile] to say whether waterboarding [JURIST news archive] constitutes torture. In an address [CCGA materials] to the Chicago Council on Global … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] released a 58-page report [text] Wednesday criticizing the two main Palestinian political factions, Hamas [BBC backgrounder] and Fatah [BBC backgrounder], for political violence in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] and West Bank that has destroyed the lives of hundreds of civilians and led to human … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The number of names on the US terror watch list [FBI FAQ] has increased to over 755,000, according to a new report [PDF text; highlights, PDF] by the US Government Accountability Office [official website] slated to be the focus of a Wednesday hearing [notice] in the Senate Homeland Security … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] expressed deep concern Tuesday about violence against women which has "remained pervasive despite [the Security Council's] repeated condemnation of all acts of violence, including killing, maiming, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse in situations of armed conflict." During a day-long debate on women, peace, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The American Psychological Association (APA) [official website] voted Sunday against a measure that would have prevented its members from participating in the interrogations of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and other military prisons where suspects have been tortured. The APA instead passed a resolution stating that … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Roughly 70 percent of voters casting ballots in Thailand Sunday approved the interim military-supported government's proposed new constitution [JURIST report; draft text, PDF], which will replace the country's 1997 charter. Interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile], who came to power after last September's military coup [JURIST report], had … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin [official profile] told the Canadian Bar Association [profession website] Saturday that access to the country's legal system needs to be more affordable. She said "the price of justice should not be so dear" and called access to justice a "basic right." In March, a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer [OYEZ profile] told the American Bar Association [profession website] annual meeting Saturday that he was unhappy with the outcomes of several key Supreme Court cases last term, but said that he still has a strong belief in the rule of law [recorded video]. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday praised Justice Department officials working in Baghdad for their "commitment to the rule of law" and their work to protect "the rights and liberties of Iraqi citizens." On his third trip to Iraq as US Attorney General, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] The military trial of 40 senior members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] resumed in Egypt Sunday despite criticism [press release] from Amnesty International [advocacy website] regarding the country's failure to allow independent observers into the courtroom. Amnesty also questioned the government's use of a military … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] said Sunday that he refuses to accept the resignations [JURIST report] submitted by six Cabinet ministers who belong to the country's largest Sunni parliamentary bloc. The Iraqi Accordance Front [BBC backgrounder]. The Accordance Front announced last week that it was leaving the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Egypt's Judicial Affairs Minister Mufid Shehab said Saturday that the country will lift its 25-year-old state of emergency by June 2008, according to state news agency Mena. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official website; BBC profile] promised in 2005 and again 2006 to lift the emergency laws [JURIST report] once … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Sunday that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] may be the subject of a perjury investigation if he does not clear up concerns regarding the truthfulness of his testimony about warrantless wiretapping. Speaking on CBS News' … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address [transcript; recorded audio] that he wants to modernize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] to meet threats from terrorists who can now use cell phones and the Internet to communicate. Bush urged Congress … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] A judge in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] sentenced Wadud Bhuiyan, a former lawmaker in the country, to 20 years in jail Sunday for acquiring land and property through corruption and abuse of power. The judge also ordered Bhuiyan, a member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party [Wikipedia backgrounder], who served … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Saddam Hussein-era deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Saturday that Aziz was taken to a US military hospital in Balad this week after he fainted several times in the US-run detention facility, where he is being held, near Baghdad airport. … [read more]

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