Legal news from Sunday, March 19, 2006
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Minsk Sunday to protest what they claimed were the rigged results of the Belarus [JURIST news archive] presidential election, defying threats of a government crackdown. Current president Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile], who has ruled for 12 years, is expected to win [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The French government again defended its recently passed First Employment Contract (CPE) [FAQ, in French] labor law Sunday, a day after mass protests against the legislation were held in Paris and other major French cities. The law allows French employers to hire workers under the age of 26 for [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The latest effort to put former Liberian President Charles Taylor [PBS profile; JURIST news archive] on trial for crimes against humanity at the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] should be seen as a warning to the "world's warlords that they cannot escape justice," said Special Court Chief [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee [official website] says it will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) [official website, JURIST news archive] to oil drilling [pro-drilling backgrounder]. The statement comes in response to a budget bill [text] passed last week in [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague will begin proceedings at an arraignment Monday against its first defendant, Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder], founder of Congolese rebel group the Union of Patriotic Congolese [Global Security backgrounder]. Lubanga was flown to the Netherlands and received into the [read more]

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