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14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website] ruled Friday that a 2004 law that transferred powers from the presidency to parliament was unconstitutional, ordering the powers be restored to the president. The ruling invalidates the reforms [AP report] passed at the height of the Orange revolution [BBC timeline] and [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN on Friday released a report on war crimes [text, PDF] and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report, originally expected to be released in September [JURIST report], lists 617 of the most serious violations of human rights, including violence against children, genocide [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official profiles] introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 [legislative materials] Wednesday, which, if passed would greatly change US immigration [JURIST news archive] law. The bill incorporates previously proposed legislation [Terra report], including the AgJOBS Act [legislative materials; text], [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] adopted resolutions [press release] Thursday establishing the mandate of a Special Rapporteur for freedom of association and assembly. The Special Rapporteur will be responsible for reporting on how nations promote freedom of association and peaceful assembly during a three-year period. In [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch] said Thursday that the Netherlands will ban the burqa [JURIST news archive] and other full Islamic veils as part of the government's plan to form a minority coalition. The Liberals and Christian Democrats (CDA) must make concessions [BBC report] to Wilders' [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [official profile] on Thursday announced new guidelines [press release] intended to increase the safety of offshore drilling. The Drilling Safety Rule addresses specifications for and oversight of flow control mechanisms and well bore integrity, while the Workplace Safety Rule [fact sheets, PDF] mandates the [read more]

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