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Legal news from Friday, November 24, 2006
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] Friday filed a request with the state's Supreme Judicial Court [JURIST report] to put a measure effectively banning same-sex marriage [text, DOC] on the 2008 Massachusetts ballot if legislators fail to vote on the issue before the end of their term on January [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) [official website] urged Russia Friday to investigate and prosecute [press release] what it called the "widespread use of torture" in Chechnya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The human rights body cited "reliable reports" of the existence of secret detention facilities where "detainees faced [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Bar Association (IBA) [official website], the leading global organization of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, announced [press release] Friday that it has canceled a training program for Cambodian lawyers representing defendants in the genocide trial of Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leaders. The program had [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Hartmut Nassauer [official website], German head of a European Parliament [official website] delegation visiting Indonesia, said Friday that adopting Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] would negatively affect Indonesia's relations with other states. Nassaeur emphasized that Islamic law should not affect Indonesia's legal code, stating that the liberty of faith "includes [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two Turkish Christians have gone on trial for their alleged "public denigration of the Turkish identity." Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, allegedly made insults against Turkey while attempting to convert other Turks to Christianity. The two defendants are being charged under Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Rwanda cut diplomatic ties with France Friday in protest at a French judge's recommendation that Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] face trial [JURIST report] in connection with the 1994 downing of a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyariman [Wikipedia profile], whose death triggered a genocide that [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Beijing Higher People's Court Friday turned down an appeal by Hong Kong reporter Ching Cheong [advocacy website; SCMP Q/A] against his August conviction for passing state secrets. The presiding judge deemed the trial court's ruling "accurate in application of the law and appropriate in meting out punishment," according [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Legal services in the UK are set to be revolutionized after the British government Friday published [press release] a much-anticipated bill [DCA materials] that would remove the right of the legal profession to regulate itself and would allow other businesses - such as banks and even, in theory, supermarkets [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Army Commander-in-Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile], the leader of the military coup [JURIST report; AHRC backgrounder] that deposed civilian prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] in September, told CNN in an interview broadcast Friday that the martial law imposed on the country [JURIST news archive] in [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli has demanded that the Getty Museum [official website] in Los Angeles return all the allegedly-looted Italian antiquities it is said to possess, and not just the 26 pieces of a total of 46 that it has already undertaken to hand back [Getty press [read more]

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