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Legal News
4 Dec 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Hate crimes committed against Arab Americans have been steadily decreasing since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee [advocacy website]. The report found that there were 120 to 130 incidents per year between 2003 and 2007. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] warned of possible war crimes being committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] in a new report [report, PDF] released [press release] Tuesday. The rights group claims that since disputed 2006 elections [JURIST report], approximately 500 people have been killed … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Moscow Military District Court Judge Yevgeny Zubov on Tuesday reopened to the public the trial of three men accused of murdering journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] amid increasing confusion and calls from prosecutors for his removal from the case. Last Monday, Zubov ordered the trial to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] released a report [text] Thursday saying that "French detention and immigration policies risk reducing human rights protection." laying out the findings of his visit to France in May, Hammarberg expressed specific concern with overcrowding and poor conditions in … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] UN envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura praised [press release; UN News Centre report] the country's new Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) on Monday, calling it a "milestone" for human rights in the region. The IHCHR was instituted on Sunday by the Iraqi Council of Representatives [official … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) [advocacy website] and the Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos de España (APDHE) [advocacy website, in Spanish] filed suit [complaint; CJA press release] Thursday in Spain's National Court [official website, in Spanish] against Alfredo Cristiani [profile], the former president of El Salvador. The groups … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday ruled [opinion text] that the European Commission (EC) [official website; JURIST news archive] should not have overturned a Dutch law requiring all new diesel-fueled vehicles to be equipped with a soot filter. The Netherlands wanted to require … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] South Korea will join the European Union and Japan in supporting a UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] resolution [Korean Center report] condemning North Korea's human rights practices, according to a South Korean foreign ministry official Tuesday. The resolution will be submitted to the UNGA's Third Committee [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted summary judgment [opinion, PDF] Wednesday for the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website], holding that unredacted transcripts allegedly containing evidence of torture used against fourteen "high-value" detainees [DNI biographies] being held at Guantanamo Bay … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW)[advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday called on Laos [HRW press release] to release leaders of the ethnic minority Hmong [materials] who were forcibly repatriated from Thailand and imprisoned in Laos for their roles in a June protest demonstration Thai refugee camp, denouncing the move … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] The German Federal Foreign Office [official website, in German] on Wednesday rejected a ruling by Italy's highest court ordering Germany to pay damages to relatives of civilians killed in the town of Civitella during World War II. The Italian Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday awarded … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2008
by David Weber

[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] Tuesday ratified proposed reforms [PDF text, in Spanish] to the country's constitution, paving the way for a national referendum on the changes on January 25, 2009. Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] engineered the endorsement Monday by agreeing not … [read more]

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