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Legal News
26 Jan 2007
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] North Korea [JURIST news archive] accused South Korea [JURIST news archive] of Internet censorship Friday, saying that preventing the South Korean public from accessing pro-North Korea websites violates their citizens' basic human rights and freedom to access information. Since 2004, South Korea has blocked more than 30 such websites, … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] In the latest string of judgments against Russia, the European Court of Human Rights [official website] Thursday held the country responsible for the deaths and disappearance of three people in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder]. In the first case [judgment; press release], the body of Nura Luluyeva, a nurse who disappeared … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] A Russian court has shut down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society (ORCD) [advocacy website], a Chechen human rights group that has been exposing abuses against civilians in Chechnya and providing assistance to victims of violence. The decision follows the February conviction of group co-founder Stanislav Dmitriyevsky [JURIST report], who was … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights [official website] has claimed in a new report [text] that Russia is maintaining secret prisons in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder; government website, in Russian] and is using them for kidnapping and torturing separatist Chechens in violation of European and Russian laws. The … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] President Bush has imposed a US travel ban on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] and his associates. In a proclamation [text] released Monday, Bush cited election fraud, corruption and human rights violations as reasons for the ban, saying that its targets are those who "undermine … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Leading UK human rights lawyers and activists are protesting the Blair government’s readiness to limit the application of the Human Rights Act [JURIST report] in the wake of a High Court decision [JURIST report] last week that permitted nine Afghan hijackers to remain in the UK. Speaking to … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] Stephen Hadley [official profile], President Bush’s national security advisor, defended [PDF transcript] the recently-exposed government program to collect data on private phone calls [JURIST report] Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, saying that it was legal and narrowly tailored. He said that the program does not involve listening to … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Lawyers acting for former Kenyan transport minister Chris Murungaru [Wikipedia profile] will appear in the High Court [UK Court Service website] in London on Tuesday to challenge a travel ban [JURIST report] imposed last summer to prevent him entering the country. The ban appears to have been prompted … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] New UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] admitted on Monday that the number of serious offenders among convicted foreign criminals released from custody in the UK by administrative error [JURIST report] before deportation reviews may be double of what was first suspected. The new figure given by … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] Lawyers for five Kuwaitis [JURIST report] formerly detained at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] told a Kuwait criminal court Sunday that the Kuwaiti courts lack any foundation for convicting their clients of having links with al Qaeda [JURIST news archive]. Their lawyers questioned the court’s jurisdiction over persons accused of … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] In an effort to restore his image and keep his job, Iraqi interior minister Bayan Jabor announced Sunday that a general serving in the ministry has been arrested in connection with kidnappings and death squads [JURIST report]. Seventeen others arrested with the general are facing similar accusations. Jabor said … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] The US has urged Nigeria against amending [JURIST report; proposed amendments text, PDF] its constitution [text] to allow current President Olusegun Obasanjo [official profile] to run for a third term in office. In an unusual statement, the US Embassy in Abujah [official website] said the US "respects the right … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive] Monday denounced what it called US 'threats' of possible military action against it in connection with its development of nuclear technology as illegal and urged UN action. Iranian ambassador to the UN Javad Zarif [official profile] said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] A Turkish appeals court has rejected a prosecutor's recommendation and has ruled that charges still stand against Hrant Dink, a high-profile Turkish-Armenian journalist and editor of the newspaper Agos [media website] who has written about the killings of an estimated million Ottoman Armenians [ANI backgrounder] in the early … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] New Hampshire Governor John Lynch [official profile] signed a bill [text] Thursday giving the state's Secretary of State flexibility in setting the filing period for presidential candidates, responding to the Democratic Party’s efforts to change the 2008 primary calendar and possibly replace New Hampshire as the home of the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Belarus authorities have sentenced Alexander Milinkevich [official website; Wikipedia profile] and three other opposition leaders to a fifteen-day jail term for attending an illegal demonstration after arresting them [JURIST report] Thursday. At the peaceful rally in Minsk, the capital, Milinkevich called on his supporters to work for a … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Israeli activist group Peace Now [advocacy website] has condemned Wednesday's directive from Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Omert [BBC profile] to top security officials to block the gaps [official press release] in the controversial security fence [JURIST report; IDF official website] around Jerusalem. Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer says … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] Jurors in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive; case docket] head into a fourth day of deliberations Thursday after no verdict was reached Wednesday. The jurors, who have been deliberating now for 16 hours over the past three days, asked for a dictionary Tuesday, but that … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] A classic legislative tug-of-war between the UK House of Lords and House of Commons continued Monday as peers once again sent the controversial Identity Cards Bill [official PDF text; JURIST news archive] back to MPs after a majority of 36 voted to keep the cards voluntary through 2011, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] The president of the NAACP [advocacy website] called on the US Justice Department Monday to block New Orleans mayoral elections currently scheduled [JURIST report] for April 22, saying they would be "illegal" because the state of Louisiana "cannot guarantee or provide some level of insurance that a substantial percentage … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST] A resolution [PDF] introduced [floor statement] Monday in the US Senate by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) [official website] to censure President Bush over domestic spying [JURIST report] received only lukewarm approval from Feingold's fellow Democrats, preventing a floor vote and resulting in referral to the Senate Judiciary Committee [official … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Belarus [government website] authorities in Minsk Monday sentenced fifteen opposition activists to short jail terms as part of the government's latest effort to suppress opposition before Sunday's presidential elections. According to human rights monitors, the activists were not given access to lawyers during the court hearings and were … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] The controversial UK Identity Cards Bill [official PDF text; JURIST news archive] will go back to the House of Lords [Commons Insistence on Disagreement, PDF] on Wednesday after Prime Minister Tony Blair's governing Labour Party won a critical vote in the House of Commons [official website] to back … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] A member of the elite Special Air Service [Wikipedia profile] special forces of the British Army [official website] who refused to return to Iraq and later left British military service said in an interview published in the UK Sunday that he resigned because he objected to the illegality … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2006
by Tatyana Margolin

[JURIST Europe] Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi [official profile; BBC profile] called Italy's judiciary “the disease of our democracy” in a weekend TV interview, promising changes to the judicial system as he himself faces the possibility of a new trial before upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for April 9-10. The combative conservative … [read more]

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