Legal news from Friday, November 26, 2004
18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on earlier reports today in JURIST's Paper Chase, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's office announced late Friday that a multiparty, multilateral working group has been established to reach what Kuchma previously described as a "political and legal compromise" in the Ukrainian election crisis. The group's establishment was announced [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture called Friday for a definitive statement by the United Kingdom that "evidence" procured through torture is unadmissible at trial. The Committee, which monitors adherence to the UN Convention Against Torture, is acting in response to an August ruling by the Court of Appeals for [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Friday that same-sex partners are entitled to survivor benefits under the government-run Canada Pension Plan. The court held that benefits should be paid dating back to 1985, but there will be no payments of back-benefits to partner's estates. Justice Minister Irwin Cotler stated [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] In a reversal from earlier statements, jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti announced Friday he will not seek the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. Pressure from Fatah leaders who were fearful of a party split influenced Barghouti's decision. Quddoura Fares, a Fatah cabinet minister who was sent to dissuade Barghouti [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani district magistrate has ordered all copies of the November 22nd issue of Newsweek magazine destroyed for publishing material that desecrates the Koran. Islamic groups in the country have said that an article about murdered Dutch film-maker Theo Van Gogh which also included pictures of a woman with [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The World Trade Organization Friday approved sanctions against the US for failing to repeal the Byrd Amendment, federal legislation that directs US Customs to distribute duties collected as a result of "antidumping" and countervailing duty orders to US goods producers found to have been injured by foreign dumping and [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judges of the Ukrainian Supreme Court were reported by opposition sources Friday to have received threats after ordering a ban Thursday on publication of the country's disputed presidential election results pending their hearing of an opposition appeal. A parallel government set up by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has meanwhile [read more]

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