Legal news from Friday, March 28, 2003
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to veterans Friday afternoon at the White House, President Bush committed the US to hunting down and punishing Iraqi war criminals: In the last week, we have seen the brutal and cruel nature of a dying regime. In areas still under its control, the regime continues its rule [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Security Council Resolution 1472, passed Friday and adjusting the Iraq Oil-for-Food program to give the UN Secretary-General enhanced authority over it for a period of 45 days, is now available online from the United Nations. Two Articles of the Resolution explicitly invoke international law. Per Article 1 of [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two English-language bulletins from the Arabic Qatar News Agency: BAGHDAD,MARCH 28 (QNA)-SOME 51 IRAQI CIVILIANS WERE KILLED AND SCORES OTHERS WOUNDED WHEN ALLIES BOMBERS POUNDED A POPULAR MARKETPLACE IN THE IRAQI CAPITAL OF BAGHDAD TONIGHT. THIS CAME IN AN URGENT DISPATCH BY AL JAZEERA SATELLITE T.V. CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT IN [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] From the UN:The Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution adjusting the suspended Oil-for-Food programme to give United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days. The programme, which allows Baghdad to use part of its oil revenues for food and medicine [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Friday's field reports for Iraq are now available from the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website]. Their general observations:Yesterday the ICRC received reports from different sources of severe water shortages in several governorates (Nalnawa, Kerbela, Dia Qar, Wasit) due either to failures of the national electricity grid, [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Iraq has released its Friday situation report. Highlights: Health situation: The Ministry of Health reports as of yesterday morning (27 March) a total of 4,000 civilian casualties and 350 deaths since the beginning of the war. UN, ICRC and NGOs humanitarian [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it in light of the public interest in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, the University of Michigan affirmative action admissions cases scheduled to be heard by the Court the morning of Tuesday, April 1, 2003, an audiotape of the oral [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to reporters Friday at UN Headquarters in New York on the UN Oil-for-Food program and the UN's role in post-war Iraq. Watch recorded video from the UN. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Listen to recorded audio of Friday's UN humanitarian briefing on Iraq from UN offices in Amman, Jordan. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] German Deutsche Welle reports that although Poland has sent soldiers to fight in Iraq alongside the Americans, the Polish government says it's not involved in war but just enforcing the UN embargo: Poland is dispatching its troops based on U.N. resolution 1441, says Piotr Henryk Winczorek, an expert on [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking to reporters in London Friday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] appeared to backtrack somewhat on the Prime Minister's Thursday allegation [JURIST report] at a Camp David Press conference with President Bush that two dead British soldiers shown on TV had been executed in "flagrant [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of various reports of damage to several cultural buildings in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit, since the beginning of the conflict, the Director-General of UNESCO [official website], Koïchiro Matsuura emphasized in a statement Thursday that everything possible should be done to preserve Iraq's cultural [read more]

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