May 4, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
Thousands of activists protested in Japan on Sunday in opposition to efforts to amend the country's pacifist constitution. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, drafted during the American occupation of Japan after World War II, states:Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on jus... ...[read more]
May 4, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force Saturday, one month after Ecuador became the 20th country to ratify the treaty. The landmark UN disability rights treaty protects the 650 million persons living with disabilities worldwide and holds that ...[read more]
May 1, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The number of surveillance and search warrants approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) increased again in 2007 to a record 2,370 warrants, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice. The 2007 figure was up nine percent from 2006, when the FISC ...[read more]
May 1, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Justice Department will share internal legal opinions authorizing the use of harsh interrogation tactics with members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Elwood told a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Elwood... ...[read more]
May 1, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
US District Judge Beverly Martin on Wednesday rejected a challenge to Georgia's lethal injection protocol, ruling that the state's execution procedures were similar to Kentucky's method, determined by the Supreme Court to be constitutional. Convicted murderer Jack Alderman had argued th... ...[read more]
April 30, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred Wednesday set down terms under which Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan can question suspected al Qaeda leaders currently in US custody at Guantanamo as part of his defense effort. Hamdan's defense team had asked for two-way communica... ...[read more]
April 30, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
A New York appeals court has upheld a jury's finding that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was negligent in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by Islamic radicals that killed six and injured 1,000. The jury found in 2003 that the Port Authority, which owned the World Trade... ...[read more]
April 29, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The trial of former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and seven co-defendants began at the Iraqi High Tribunal in Baghdad on Tuesday. Aziz, deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein's regime, and his co-defendants are charged in connection with the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused by... ...[read more]
April 29, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The International Criminal Court on Tuesday made public an arrest warrant for Bosco Ntaganda, who is accused of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The arrest warrant was issued in August 2006, but an ICC pre-trial chamber unsealed the warrant on Monday. According to an ...[read more]
April 28, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand Indiana's controversial voter identification statute, which requires voters to present photo identification as a prerequisite to voting. The decision comes in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, where the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circui... ...[read more]

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