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16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties [official website] on Thursday heard testimony [materials] on the state secrets privilege [JURIST news archive] in advance of consideration of the State Secret Protection Act [HR 984 text] that would reform the assertion of the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rights groups on Thursday called for [HRW report] Russia to enforce European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] judgments regarding human rights violations in Chechnya [JURIST news archive]. Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Memorial Human Rights Center and Russian Justice Initiative [advocacy websites] expressed concerns that the Russian [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism [official website] has laid out plans to establish a global tribunal to prosecute private companies accused of human rights abuses. In an interview [text] last week with the Commonwealth Secretariat [advocacy website], Dr. Martin Scheinin [academic profile] said that his [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] North Korean state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [media website, in Korean] announced Thursday that the Pyongyang Central Court has begun the trial of two US journalists [KCNA report, in Korean]. Laura Ling [professional website] and Euna Lee were arrested [JURIST report] in March for allegedly crossing [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the European Union [official website] agreed [press release] Thursday on parameters for the acceptance of released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees by European Union (EU) [official website] member states. The council concluded that those member states that are willing to receive released detainees should only [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights and democracy advocates on Thursday called on the Chinese government to investigate the 1989 uprising in Beijing's Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder], to release people imprisoned in connection with the uprising and human rights advocacy, to provide an accurate count of those killed in the governments response to [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The president of the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden [official website, in Dutch], the highest court in the Netherlands, on Thursday called for a code of conduct for politicians limiting their public statements on court rulings, after comments he says have undermined the judiciary's role. Geert Corstens [HiiL profile] said [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a federal statute that gave immunity to telecom companies from liability associated with assisting the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] with eavesdropping, dismissing 46 lawsuits [opinion, PDF] against the telecom industry. Additionally, the judge granted an injunction against five states, [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Secretary Janet Napolitano [official profile] said Wednesday that the US government will begin to enforce immigration policy more strictly by targeting employers directly [transcript], rather than through continued use of controversial workplace raids. While attending a roundtable discussion [materials] at the [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] on Wednesday vacated [order, PDF; press release] an order [text, PDF] by former attorney general Michael Mukasey [JURIST news archive] that had denied those facing deportation the right to challenge immigration decisions based on ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Mukasey's order had [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday held [opinion, PDF] that a San Francisco resolution [text, PDF] urging the Vatican to withdraw a directive against same-sex adoptions does not violate the Establishment Clause. The resolution was passed in response to the Vatican's directive [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] New Hampshire Governor John Lynch [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [press release] legislation [text] allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the state, provided that religious clergy and organizations and their employees will not be required to participate in the services or recognize the unions. The New [read more]

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