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Legal news from Monday, July 21, 2008
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic announced Monday evening that Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] had been captured earlier Monday by Serbian security forces. Karadzic is accused of war crimes stemming from his alleged involvement in the genocide of Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the ethnic [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] The French parliament voted to amend the French Constitution [text] on Monday, passing the amendment package by the necessary three-fifths vote of legislators from both the French National Assembly and Senate [official websites, in French]. The amendments [draft bill, PDF, in French] would allow the French president to address [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican government enacted a law [text, in Spanish] Monday prohibiting the government from sending illegal immigrants to prison. In May, Mexican rights activists pressed [JURIST report] Mexican President Felipe Calderón [official profile, in Spanish] to sign the bill, which is designed to amend the General Law of Population [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] released a report on Monday emphasizing the need for European governments to critically examine their human rights records and patterns of discrimination. The report, entitled "Human Rights in Europe: no grounds for complacency" [PDF, text; press release] highlights [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian government will table a bill at the August parliamentary session that would require criminal suspects to submit to DNA testing, according to a Monday report in the newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau [media website, in Malay]. If passed, the new law could compel Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A divorced Lebanese woman told the UK Law Lords [Parliament backgrounder] Monday that her human rights would be violated [Liberty press release] if she were deported to Lebanon, arguing that Lebanese Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] would put her and her son back under the control of her abusive ex-husband. [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two men involved in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic planes [JURIST report] leaving a London airport pleaded guilty to lesser conspiracy charges Monday in London's Woolwich Crown Court [official website]. Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman [Global Security backgrounders] pleaded guilty to conspiracy to create a public [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official website; JURIST news archive] said on Monday that Congress should pass legislation [C-SPAN video, Flash; transcript] guiding US civilian courts on how to conduct Guantanamo detainees' habeas corpus proceedings because the judiciary should not make such determinations. Mukasey reiterated the Bush administration's disappointment [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Singapore's Minister for Health Khaw Boon Wan [official profile] announced [press release] on Monday that the country is considering allowing donors to sell their kidneys to those seeking transplants. Boon Wan made the announcement before the country's parliament and said that the highly controversial plan was needed because of [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police arrested 39 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [party website; FAS backgrounder] on Monday, including three local party leaders in the city of Kafr El Sheikh, according to an MB statement [press release]. The group has accused the government of illegally blocking attempts by MB candidates [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar signed on [ceremony speech] to a new Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] charter Monday, despite other ASEAN members' criticism [statement text] of the country's human rights record and continued detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The charter [PDF [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the League of Arab States [official website, in Arabic] on Sunday presented a plan [press release, in Arabic] to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] recommending how he should react to an application for an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC). [read more]

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