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Legal News
17 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] said [UN press release] Monday after an official visit to Italy that it has "significant human rights concerns" about the facilities where Italy holds irregular migrants and asylum seekers detained on suspicion of criminal activity and the legal basis for … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [HRW press release] Monday that upon inauguration US president-elect Barack Obama [official website] should immediately denounce the previous administration's "abusive" counterterrorism policies in order to bring US practices into accordance with the country's "basic values" and its own obligations under international law. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], the country's highest court, ruled Thursday that the father of Eluana Englaro [materials, in Italian], who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years, can remove her feeding tube. Last month, Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] rejected … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] State and national housing advocates filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release, PDF] Wednesday arguing that Louisiana's Hurricane Katrina recovery program, Road Home Louisiana [program website], discriminates against African-American homeowners. The federally-funded program awards grants to homeowners in the lesser of the following two amounts: the pre-storm … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Muslim Defender Team (TPM), the group of lawyers representing the three men executed Saturday [JURIST report] for the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder], said Monday that it will file charges against Indonesia's attorney general, alleging that the execution process violated the bombers' human rights. TPM argues [Jakarta Post … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court on Monday ordered three members of the cabinet of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [profile] to jail on corruption charges. Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad, and Saifur Rahman, who served as industry, social welfare and finance ministers respectively, allegedly ignored lower bidders when they … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) [profession website] Thursday called on [letter text] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [personal website] to open a probe into death threats allegedly sent by a group called Mahason Balakaya [Lanka eNews report] to the Sri Lankan human rights lawyers who represent … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [official website] rapporteur Dick Marty [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] testified Wednesday at the trial of American and Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive], also known … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] has rejected [court order, in French, PDF] a release request by former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan [JURIST news archive]. Samphan is charged with crimes against humanity for his involvement in the regime's … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Indonesian Supreme Court on Monday rejected last-minute appeals filed by relatives of the three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder], with a judge saying the men had exhausted their rights of appeal. Lawyers for the three convicted members of … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors Thursday condemned Albania's refusal to initiate an investigation into allegations of organ trafficking [JURIST news archive] in Kosovo. Albanian Prosecutor General Ina Rama refused Tuesday to cooperate with Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic [official website] and said that her country will only pursue the allegations if … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] President Judge Phillippe Kirsch [official profile] told the UN General Assembly Thursday that the ICC is at a "critical stage" [transcript, PDF] ten years after its creation. Presenting his annual report [text, PDF; ICC press release; UN press release], Kirsch said that while … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw [official profile] Monday called [speech text; press release] for a 'rebalancing of criminal justice priorities' amidst outrage expressed at newly released Ministry of Justice [official website] figures showing a sharp rise in the number of children born to … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic [official website] and Albanian state prosecutor Ina Rama met Monday to discuss allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo. Former Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla Del Ponte [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] alleged last spring [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] An Arizona federal district court ruled [linked order, PDF] Wednesday that conditions in Maricopa County [official website] corrections facilities violate the constitutional rights of its prisoners. US District Judge Neil Wake's order demanded that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio [official website] take standards steps to address the jails' overcrowded … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The High Criminal Court in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday continued the trial of those accused of attempting to destabilize and overthrow the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. Turkish prosecutors have charged 86 people with involvement in the attempted coup, but Thursday's proceedings were limited … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Spanish prosecutors Monday challenged a probe launched by Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] into the disappearances of tens of thousands of people from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War [BBC backgrounder] through the early years of Francisco Franco's dictatorship [BBC backgrounder], asserting that any wartime … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Communist Party of China (CPC) [official website; CFR backgrounder] Central Committee Sunday issued a new policy paper liberalizing the country's land use laws in an effort to decrease rural poverty and increase the country's agricultural capacity. The CPC announced its approval [JURIST report] of the Decision on Major … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The Moscow District Military Court opened closed preliminary hearings Wednesday on the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The hearings began without prominent human rights lawyer Karina Moskalenko, who is representing Politkovskaya's family, because the lawyer fell ill Wednesday, giving rise to suspicions that she … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Justice ministers of countries belonging to the League of Arab States [official website, in Arabic; BBC profile] said Monday that the International Criminal Court has 'no sound legal basis' to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. At a day-long summit in … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] Monday temporarily suspended its travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] and several other Belarussian officials following the first high-level talks between Belarus and the EU in four years. A meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg [backgrounder] directed the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Thailand's Court of Appeal Thursday reduced insurrection charges against nine People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) [advocacy website, in Thai] activists following this week's violent clashes between police and PAD protesters [BBC report]. The court dismissed treason charges against the PAD members as groundless, but maintained the lesser charges of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] Thursday adopted a fact-specific test [opinion, PDF] for determining whether a disabled student has been placed in the 'least restrictive environment' as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) [text]. A three-judge panel explicitly endorsed the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Citigroup Inc., Wachovia Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. [corporate websites] announced Monday that they had reached an agreement [Citigroup press release] to freeze litigation activity until at least noon Wednesday. The agreement follows a weekend of legal maneuvering, when a New York State appellate judge reversed a court … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] The trial of former Yugoslav army chief of staff and general Momcilo Perisic began [ICTY press release] Thursday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] at The Hague. The trial was scheduled to commence Wednesday but was postponed [JURIST report] due to a procedural … [read more]

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