Legal news from Friday, May 20, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Friday's international brief, two recently released polls indicate that popular sentiment is heavily against the proposed EU constitution [official website] in the Netherlands [government website]. Polls by RTL Television and Centerdata both put the likely "no" vote on the EU constitution at 51%-54%, with only 27%-29% likely to [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US military spokesman, responding to a New York Times article detailing the deaths of two detainees and other abuses, said Friday that mistreatment of detainees in Afghanistan by US personnel will not be tolerated. A White House spokesman said that President Bush was alarmed by the report and [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The French peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast has opened an investigation into allegations that four of its soldiers sexually abused a young girl in the rebel-controlled north. These are the first allegations of sexual abuse to be made against French forces since they were deployed in the country shortly [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Friday threatened to veto any legislation that would ease restrictions on federally funded stem cell research [National Institute of Health information]. President Bush remarked that he was "a strong supporter of adult stem cell research" but that he was "very concerned about cloning." Citing [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Government officials along with survivors paid respects Friday to the victims of the Khmer Rouge "killing fields" [Wikipedia backgrounder] during the annual "Day of Anger." Last month the United Nations announced its support for genocide tribunals in Cambodia [press release] though a start date has yet to be set. [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The state-run Ethiopia News Agency [website] reported Friday that re-elections will be held Sunday in six polling stations where voting irregularities were found to have occurred. Further charges have been made by both the ruling party and opposition parties prompting the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia [official website] to [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] In a version of a report to be released next Tuesday, Kosovo UN Governor Soren Jessen-Petersen [official website] indicates "significant progress" in security and in the area of minority rights under the Kosovo Standards Implementation Plan [PDF]. Under the "standards before status policy," unveiled in 2003, satisfaction of these [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan mayor Laurent Semanza saw his appeal before the appeals panel of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [JURIST news archive] dismissed Friday and his prison sentence extended from 25 to 35 years. Semanza, once mayor of Bicumbi in Rwanda's rural province of Kigali, was arrested in March [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has strongly condemned a British tabloid's Friday publication of pictures of a semi-clothed Saddam Hussein that it says were taken "in clear violation of [Department of Defense] directives and possibly Geneva Convention guidelines for the humane treatment of detained individuals". The cover of The Sun displays [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Previously undisclosed US military documents show ongoing Iraqi mistreatment of prisoners, including photos of bruised and beaten detainees, which US officials fear may damage the image of the new security forces in the eyes of the Iraqi public. The revelations come as Iraq's military and police have assumed greater [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov [BBC profile] told UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday that he did not want an immediate probe conducted by UN human rights officials into recent violence in the eastern part of Uzbekistan. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] had on Wednesday [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq and Iran issued a landmark joint statement Thursday blaming Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile] and his loyalists as the military aggressors in both the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war [Wikipedia entry] and the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait conflict [BBC timeline]. The statement came amidst an attempt by the two countries to forge better [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A North Caucasus District military court has found a group of a special forces soldiers in the Russian military not guilty in the 2002 murder of six Chechen civilians [Amnesty International report]. The troops admitted to killing the civilians but said they were just following orders. When they fired [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] According to a court filing by his attorneys, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali [Wikipedia profile], a Virginia man accused of conspiring to assassinate President Bush and supporting al-Qaida [JURIST report], was tortured while in Saudi custody. Defense attorneys cited the conclusions of two doctors who examined Abu Ali and found [read more]

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