An Afghan official said Wednesday that the US has released 11 detainees from Guantanamo Bay at the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The detainees join a growing number returned to their home countries, but these 11 are the first to be released at the request of the newly formed government of Afghanistan. JURIST's Paper Chase has earlier stories on Guantanamo detentions here. Reuters has more.
In other international legal news...
- Former Costa Rican President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez will be installed tomorrow as the next Secretary-General of the Organization of American States. Rodríguez was elected during the OAS' 34th regular General Assembly session this past June and will serve a term of five years. Read the official press release of Rodríguez's election here. Information on tomorrow's ceremony is available here.
- In Indonesia, the latest returns show that former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has an iron grip on the Indonesian Presidency, leading former president Megawati with a 61% majority. This election marks the first time the President has been elected directly by popular vote, rather than by the Indonesian Supreme Legislature. The Jakarta Post has more on the story and updates on the final election returns here (site in Bahasa Indonesian).
- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has announced that the number of Sudanese affected by the continuing conflict in the Darfur region has increased. The report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and Juan Méndez, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, states that access to new geographical locations, as well as increased activity by the rebel militias have pushed the number of affected individuals to 1.8 million, with over 1.2 million of those being internally displaced persons (IDPs). Their report comes just days after the UN Security Council threatened sanctions against Sudan unless the government regains control of the region. Read the official UN news release here. IRIN has more.