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Legal news from Friday, May 14, 2010
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] on Friday urged [press release] Syria, Yemen, and Jordan to conduct thorough investigations into allegations of torture [JURIST news archive] by law enforcement officials. Concluding its forty-fourth session, the group of 10 independent experts [materials] issued conclusions and recommendations on eight [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) [party website, in Turkish] filed suit [press release, in Turkish] in the country's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] Friday in an effort to halt proposed constitutional amendments offered by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish]. The CHP [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon [official profile] on Thursday introduced legislation [press release] to strengthen prohibitions on bulk removal of Canada's fresh water outside the country. The Transboundary Waters Protection Act [C-26 text] would strengthen existing regulations by giving rivers and streams that cross international borders the same [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) [official website, in Spanish] voted unanimously Friday to suspend National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for abusing his power by opening an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during the Spanish Civil [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] on Thursday elected 14 new members [materials] to the Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website], half of which have questionable human rights records. Several of the new members, including Libya, Angola, Malaysia, Thailand, and Uganda have been accused of human rights violations. The [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday ordered the release [order, PDF] of Russian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ravil Mingazov [NYT profile]. Judge Henry Kennedy Jr ordered the government to "take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Diocese in Vermont [official website] on Thursday settled with dozens of former alter boys who alleged they were sexually abused by several clergy 30 years ago. The church agreed to pay 26 accusers a total of $17.65 million to drop child sex abuse cases pending in [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Haitian prosecutors on Thursday requested a six-month prison term for a US missionary accused of illegally trying to remove 33 children from the country in the wake of the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors claimed that Laura Silsby knew she was breaking the law [AP report] when [read more]

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