Legal news from Thursday, November 24, 2005
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] British families of soldiers killed in Iraq petitioned the UK High Court Thursday for permission to launch a legal challenge against the government's refusal to hold an independent inquiry into the country's involvement in the Iraq war. Their group, Military Families Against the War [advocacy website], which called for [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Syria has requested a formal "cooperation protocol" with the United Nations which would govern the country's assistance with a UN investigation [UN materials] into the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A draft given to the UN indicates that Syria wants chief UN investigator [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Foreign Ministry [official website] said Wednesday that the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] wants to secure a prisoners' rights guarantee in Afghanistan with its NATO [official website] allies, including the United States, before deciding whether to send additional troops there. Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot [official profile] told [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] New German chancellor Angela Merkel [official website in German; campaign website; BBC profile] said Wednesday that she plans to revive the European constitution [JURIST news archive], on hold since French and Dutch voters rejected the charter [JURIST reports] earlier this year. While indicating that the charter will be at [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Austria has joined several other countries investigating whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] conducted unauthorized flights through their airspace in 2003 while transporting terror detainees. An Austrian air force commander told state radio that a US transport plane traveling from Germany to Azerbaijan crossed Austrian airspace [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that they will attend the next session of the trial scheduled for November 28 despite the recent assassination of two of their colleagues. The defense team had threatened to boycott the proceeding unless security was provided to [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website; JURIST news archive] meeting in Vienna agreed Thursday to pursue a Russian compromise proposal rather than report Tehran to the UN Security Council [JURIST report] for its nuclear activities. Iran has refused to suspend uranium enrichment, claiming it [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A group of gay marriage opponents in Massachusetts said Wednesday they had gathered enough signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage on the state ballot. The group, lead by the Massachusetts Family Institute [advocacy website] and comprised of Christian and conservative activists, was required to gather [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The National Education Association (NEA) [association website] has promised to appeal a Wednesday ruling by a federal judge in Michigan dismissing its lawsuit [JURIST report] challenging the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [PDF text; executive summary; US Dept. Ed. factsheet]. According to the complaint [PDF; NEA case summary], [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, the Turkish Parliament [government website in Turkish] has voted to investigate the grenade bombing of a former Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) [advocacy website] member in the primarily Kurdish town of Semdinli. The attacker, an informant for the paramilitary police, was chased from the scene and [read more]

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