Legal news from Monday, March 31, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Colin Powell highlighted human rights abuses in Iraq during his Monday presentation [briefing transcript] of the State Department's 2002 Human Rights Reports: "Saddam Hussein's regime is a classic illustration of the fact that such regimes which ruthlessly violate the rights of their citizens tend to [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] Monday released its 2002 Human Rights Reports on the human rights records and practices of countries around the world. Secretary of State Colin Powell formally presented the reports at a special briefing in Washington. Read a transcript of his remarks, get a summary [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] A transcript of remarks by US Attorney General John Ashcroft at Monday's signing ceremony in Washington DC for a new US-UK extradition agreement and a US-UK asset-sharing agreement is now online. The Attorney General said:Our new extradition treaty will give us more flexibility and efficiency in ensuring that fugitive [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] Monday found two former commanders of Bosnian Croat military units guilty of crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva Conventions in connection with their persecution of Muslims during the 1993-94 conflict between the Croat and Muslim communities in [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The United States Supreme Court [official website] handed down two decisions Monday. In Branch v. Smith [decision syllabus], the Court ruled in a complicated split decision that a federal court can redraw electoral boundaries when state redistricting procedures fail, and that federal judges correctly blocked a Mississippi state court [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Monday's updates on the humanitarian situation in Iraq are now available from the Red Cross [ICRC bulletin] (covering March 30) and the field office of the United Nations in Amman, Jordan. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross [official website] announced Monday that Red Cross delegates have begun visiting Iraqi prisoners of war captured by Coalition forces:During this first day, they visited all parts of the camp, located in southern Iraq, and registered an initial group of prisoners. The visit [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] has released a statement describing what it calls a worldwide backlash against certain human rights since the start of the war in Iraq. This backlash includes:attacks on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly;excessive use of force by police against anti-war demonstrators;restriction of asylum [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Monday's Harvard Crimson says that Harvard Law School [official website] is considering building additional Law School facilities on four sites north of Harvard Yard.... AP reports that two colleges in Charlotte, North Carolina are exploring the possibility of opening law schools.... Looking ahead to Tuesday's US Supreme Court arguments [read more]

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