Legal news from Sunday, June 26, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] released silent footage Sunday from a judicial interrogation last week of six of Saddam Hussein's former lieutenants concerning the killing and deportation of Shiite Kurds and the repression of a Shiite revolt in 1991 after the first Gulf War. Saddam's half-brothers Barzan Ibrahim [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] released a joint report [text] Sunday claiming that the Bush administration has violated the material witness law by detaining nearly 70 terrorism suspects since September 11 without enough criminal evidence to keep them. All but [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Hammam Hammoudi, head of the drafting committee for the permanent Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], has said that 80% of the draft is completed and he anticipates the August 15 target date will be met with a national ratification referendum to follow as scheduled in October. An arbitration committee [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Legislation to criminalize sexual harassment was presented Sunday to the Standing Committee [Wikipedia backgrounder] of China's National People's Congress [official website in Chinese]. The draft amendment to the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women [text], designed to protect women's [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Jerusalem District Court Sunday approved the city's annual gay pride parade, clearing the way for an international gay pride event [Jerusalem World Pride 2005 factsheet] later this summer. The parade, planned for this Thursday, had caused a divide in the deeply religious capital city. Opponents, including Jews for [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Syrian human rights activist Aktham Naisse [Human Rights First profile], was acquitted of all charges by a Syrian State Security Court Sunday. Naisse, chairman of the Committees for the Defense of Democratic Liberties and Human Rights in Syria, was arrested in 2004 and charged with spreading false information [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] After visiting the Guantanamo Bay detention center Saturday [JURIST report], House Republicans and Democrats reported that conditions at the facility are improving. The lawmakers traveled to the detention facility to witness interrogations and observe living conditions of the suspected terrorists. Representative Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) [official website] said that "[t]he [read more]

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