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21:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Monday on whether 17 Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay [Kiyemba v. Bush backgrounder and materials] can be released into the US. In early October, a judge for the US District Court for the District of [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Stuttgart court on Monday granted parole for Christian Klar, a leader of the militant Red Army Faction (RAF) [advocacy website], after Klar served 26 years in prison on nine counts of murder and 11 counts of attempted murder. The court found no grounds [BBC report] on which continue [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the convictions of three men found guilty of involvement in the 1998 bombing of two US embassies [State Department backgrounder] in Tanzania and Kenya. The court held that Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, Mohamed Rashed [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the Dutch government [official website] on Monday claimed the statute of limitations bars one survivor and nine widows of victims of a 1947 massacre in Indonesia [NRC Handelsblad backgrounder] from seeking compensation. Dutch soldiers allegedly executed more than 400 people in the village of Rawagedeh during [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Many convicted felons, including several well-known figures, are seeking clemency from US President George W. Bush before he leaves office, according to a Washington Post report Monday. Among those said to have applied are financier Michael Milken [Forbes profile; personal website], former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham [JURIST report] and [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Sunday began a new trial for 16 former Saddam Hussein-era officials, including Hussein cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] - better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali" - and former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] on Sunday lifted martial law over the the country's northern province of Pando [government website, in Spanish], more than two months after the sanction was imposed following violent regional protests against the country's proposed new constitution [PDF text; [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Malaysian labor activist jailed for alleging police brutality against illegal immigrants in detention was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court [Malaysia courts website, partially in Malay] on Monday. Irene Fernandez [Amnesty International profile], the director and cofounder of migrant workers' rights group Tenaganita [advocacy website], was arrested [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US military officials will be unable to detain people without charge under the proposed new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [CFR materials; McClatchy translation] with the Iraqi government, and military officials are now investigating the cases of about 5,000 detainees they consider dangerous in anticipation of the change, according [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The legislature in the Papua [official website, in Indonesian] province of Indonesia [JURIST news archive] is considering a measure mandating that certain individuals infected with HIV or AIDS be implanted [Reuters report] with microchips so the government can monitor their movements. The bill, which has yet to be passed, [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday in a statement [press release] in anticipation of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [advocacy website] that migrant and domestic workers still face abusive and exploitative treatment throughout Asia and the Middle East. The rights group observed [read more]

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