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Legal news from Wednesday, May 28, 2008
23:05 EDT

[JURIST] Diplomats reached an agreement Wednesday on a draft treaty [text, PDF] banning the use, manufacture, and stockpiling of cluster munitions [ICRC materials; JURIST news archive] following ten days of negotiation at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions [official website]. The treaty forbids signatories from acting in a way [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] Wednesday sharply criticized [press release] Egypt's decision to extend [JURIST report] the country's emergency laws [EOHR backgrounder] for a further two year period, saying the move "shows contempt for the rule of law." Emergency laws have been in effect in Egypt since the 1981 [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation [official website, in Russian] ruled Tuesday that the law under which the former head of media advocacy NGO Educated Media Foundation (EMF) was charged in 2007 was unconstitutionally vague [press release], requiring that smuggling charges against her be dropped. Manana Aslamaziyan [profile] [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 35 members of anti-war activism organization Witness Against Torture [advocacy website] appeared in a DC Superior Court Tuesday. The 35 were arrested at a protest [JURIST report] in front of the US Supreme Court in January, where they were demonstrating for the closure of the US [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Terrorism cases should be tried in the US federal criminal court system [official website], rather than by military tribunals [JURIST news archive] or special terrorism courts, according to a report [PDF text; HRF materials] released Wednesday by Human Rights First [advocacy website] in conjunction with two former federal prosecutors. [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of British Columbia [official website] Tuesday ruled [text] that Canadian laws on drug possession and trafficking are unconstitutional as they violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text]. Justice Ian Pitfield gave the Canadian government until next June to amend the drug law to bring [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] Tuesday promised to step up efforts to combat child exploitation and sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by UN peacekeeping forces. In a short statement [text] released by his spokesperson, Ban expressed his concern over recent allegations of misconduct. The statement read, in part:The United [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Several public health and environmental groups filed a petition for review [PDF; press release] of new US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] standards in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Tuesday. Non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice [advocacy website] is handling the suit, which alleges [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Competing Palestinian governments controlled by Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas [BBC backgrounders] in Gaza have been committing human rights violations in their bids for dominance over the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights (PICCR) [advocacy website] said Tuesday. PICCR reported that it had received [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The 601-member Nepalese Constituent Assembly voted Wednesday to abolish the country's monarchy and establish a republic. The decision gives King Gyanendera [JURIST news archive] fifteen days to abandon the royal palace in the capital Kathmandu, and declares him to be an ordinary citizen. Wednesday's vote finalizes a development that [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) released its annual report [PDF; AI materials] on the state of human rights around the world on Tuesday. The major themes of this year's report include violence against women, US detention of terrorism suspects, persecution of human rights activists, and the continued use of the death [read more]

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