Legal news from Sunday, March 27, 2005
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail [official website] said Sunday that Sudan would reject any UN resolution calling for the prosecution of Sudanese nationals suspected of war crimes in a court abroad. The UN Security Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a French draft resolution that would send [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] France's largest Muslim organization, the Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF) [organization website, in French], has argued at a national conference of French Muslims that the state should reconsider its ban on Islamic headscarves [BBC Q&A on headscarf ban; JURIST news archive on religious dress] in schools and recognize [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian attorney general Philip Ruddock has asked the US to expedite proceedings against Australian detainee David Hicks [AFP report], the only Australian still held at Guantanamo Bay. Hicks [Fair Go for David advocacy website] was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and suspected of working with Al-Qaeda. Ruddock and Australia's [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] According to military and Bush administration officials, the US Department of Defense is considering substantial changes to the tribunal process [New York Times report] at Guantanamo Bay for foreign terror suspects. The changes, designed in response to widespread criticism from foreign governments, human rights groups, and the federal courts, [read more]

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