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Legal News
29 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Venezuelan Information Minister William Lara has filed lawsuits against media giant CNN and Venezuelan broadcast network Globovision [media websites], alleging that the two stations presented false information concerning Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] and that Globovision issued a call for Chavez's assassination. The government is seeking an order … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean government minister confirmed on Monday that the government will proceed with plans to enact the National Indigenisation and Empowerment Bill, which would force foreign business owners to give up controlling interests in private companies located inside Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved by the Zimbabwean … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] United Nations inspectors met with Sudanese officials Thursday in the first steps of a UN investigation into human rights abuses by the Sudanese government [official website in Arabic] in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. The seven-person team arrived in Sudan [JURIST news archive] Wednesday and began their inspection in the … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu [Nobel profile] and international NGO Oxfam [advocacy website] Thursday called on developing nations to submit proposals for a conventional weapons convention to the United Nations [official website]. Tutu urged developing nations especially to submit proposals for the convention, saying that trade in conventional weapons, especially … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) [advocacy website] Wednesday urged [press release, DOC] the UN Security Council to refer Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to the International Criminal Court [official website] for his role in Operation Murambatsvina [UN report, PDF; Wikipedia backgrounder], a coordinated effort to … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Businessman Schabir Shaik, a former business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC party profile], began his appeal hearing before the South African Constitutional Court [official website] Wednesday. Shaik's lawyers allege that Shaik's conviction for fraud and corruption [JURIST report] was the result of an inherently … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Police in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] are refusing to comply with a High Court ruling requiring police officials to vacate Portwe farm in the Matabeleland North province, which was seized by police in March. High Court Judge Francis Bere ruled [ZI report] last week that the police seizure was … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Twenty-one men on trial for assorted crimes under anti-terror laws in Mauritania [government website, in Arabic] accused police officials Monday of using torture to extract confessions. All 21 of the suspects are charged with belonging to the "non-authorized organization" Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) [FAS backgrounder], a … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], was sentenced to three years incarceration on Monday on extortion and bribery charges. Chowdhury is the first senior political official of the former Bangladesh government, which was removed from power during the declaration of a … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Pan-African Parliament [official website] officials said over the weekend that the recently approved investigation [press release] into alleged human rights abuses in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] would be delayed. Zimbabwe has expressed strong opposition [JURIST report] to the PAP initiative and Zimbabwean permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs Ministry Joey … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Police in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive], were seen assaulting and arresting protesters who had taken to the streets Wednesday to express dissatisfaction with newly proposed constitutional amendments. Witnesses reported that at least 20 protesters were arrested and three were severely beaten by police. At … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Jonathan Samkange, senior lawyer for the legal team defending Simon Mann [BBC profile] in his extradition proceedings, was released by Harare police in Zimbabwe Wednesday after being arrested [JURIST report] Monday night for alleged violations of Zimbabwe's Immigration Act [PDF text]. Following applications by fellow lawyers seeking to have … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] A High Court in Kenya has denied government objections to a civil lawsuit brought by family members of the 365 confirmed victims of the 1984 Wagalla Massacre by Kenyan security forces. The Kenyan government had filed a motion seeking to dismiss the civil suit [East African Standard report] on … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] The senior Zimbabwe lawyer for soon-to-be-extradited British mercenary Simon Mann [BBC profile] was arrested Monday night for alleged violations of Zimbabwe's Immigration Act [PDF text]. Jonathan Samkange was arrested by police in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city, for allegedly violating immigration laws in relation to a witness that testified at … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Twenty-five judicial officials were removed from their offices in the Lagos State Judiciary [official website] in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] Monday following allegations of corruption and bribery. State Attorney General Oluyemi Osinbajo announced the firings of 22 magistrates and three judges as part of a state and nation-wide attempt … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leadership within the Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) [party website] has called on Nepal's interim parliament to immediately declare the country a federal democratic republic. CPN-M leadership formed a human protest chain through the parliament building on Sunday which police say was long enough to disrupt traffic … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Joram Gumbo, a Zimbabwean delegate to the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) [official website] and member of the ruling party of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile], expressed outrage and contempt Sunday for the African organization's decision [press release] to send a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe to investigate allegations of ongoing … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Fiji [JURIST news archive] military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama [BBC profile] has carried out a threat to remove the elected government from power unless current Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [official profile] voluntarily resigned, a move Qarase flatly refused to consider [Fiji Times report], and has imposed military rule over … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) [official website] urged the Nepali Maoist party [political party website] Monday to keep its promises to stop its human rights violations. OHCHR-Nepal alleges that Maoist troops are still conducting kidnappings, torture, and murder of political as … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Amnesty International [advocacy website] has alleged that efforts by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to provide housing for the hundreds of thousands of residents he forcefully evicted in 2005 have fallen well short of international human rights standards. Amnesty's report [text] presents evidence of a complete … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] has said that the Sudanese government [official website in Arabic] has entered a prolonged campaign of randomly bombing civilian locations [press release] in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] and asked the UN Security Council [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, a spokesperson for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has told the Ugandan paper Daily Monitor [media website] that the ICC would make no move to cooperate with demands by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder] rebels wanting a cancellation of ICC indictments in … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has confirmed that the Rwandan Parliament [official website] would be presented a bill in December aimed at abolishing capital punishment in the African nation. The legislation, immensely unpopular with the majority of Rwandan citizens, is necessary to qualify Rwanda as … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, South Korea's Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office [official website] confirmed that Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo [Wikipedia profile] has been indicted on charges of embezzling company funds and allegedly using secret accounts to bribe politicians. Chung was arrested [JURIST report] last month and, if convicted, faces life … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2006
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, several civil and human rights groups have criticized the Indonesian government [official website in Bahasa Indonesian] for its refusal to prosecute [JURIST report] former Indonesian dictator General Suharto [BBC profile]. Public officials say that Suharto's continuing medical problems [JURIST report] keep him from being competent … [read more]

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